FRANKFORT, Ky. (8/16/13) – Students from Kentucky chapters of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) were among more than 7,000 members, advisers, alumni, and guests nationwide who gathered in Nashville, Tennessee, this summer for the 2013 National Leadership Conference. Kentucky sent 165 delegates to the annual conference.
This year’s student-originated theme was “Discover Your Voice.” Throughout the five-day convention, participants examined and discussed several critical issues, including family, school and community violence prevention, physical as well as financial fitness, future career exploration and countless community service projects.
A number of relevant youth issues, such as the changing roles of men and women in the home and workplace, leadership, and obesity prevention were also explored at the meeting through presentations, workshops, and youth sessions.
Other meeting highlights included:
• Kentucky received an award for largest increase in membership for the Central Region.
• Diane Poe, South Oldham County was recognized with the Spirit of Advising Award.
• Master Adviser Award recipients were Vicky Perkins, Warren Central and Jessica Kondik, Marion County.
• Cody Adamson, Grayson County High Adviser, received acknowledgment of achieving the Adviser Academy Graduate.
• Fleming County High students received first runner up award for their Community Service Project entitled “Have a Heart, Do Your Part Kentucky” and presented a session at the Spotlight on Projects, where representatives from states share successful national, state, or chapter projects.
• Susannah Frailey, recipient of the 2012 Japanese exchange program, presented a Youth Workshop entitled “Japanese Exchange Scholarship”. Her sister Rachel Frailey, who was in Japan at the time of the conference, was recognized as the 2013 Japanese exchange scholarship recipient. Both are from South Oldham High School.
• David Haydon, a student at Marion County High School received the Gold Award for the “I recruit” campaign and received free registration to the meeting and an iPad.
More than 3,600 students competed in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) which are competitive events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills. Kentucky had 85 students compete and won 31 Gold, 47 Silver and 7 Bronze. Individual school STAR Event winners, listed by district, follow.
Ashland Independent -- Paul Blazer High School
Silver: Gabby Ingram, Lesley Phillips
Bell County -- Bell Co. High School
Gold: Kesia Helton, Kayla Raines
Boyle County -- Boyle Co. High School
Gold: Sanna Muhammad, Bailey Watson
Bracken County -- Bracken Co. High School
Silver: Gena Brumley, Tyneigha Lippert, Jaden Workman
Burgin Independent -- Burgin High School
Gold: Megan Hughes
Butler County --Butler Co. High School
Silver: Haley Adkins, Shelby Austin, Kortney Barbier, Caitlin Coleman, Erica Daugherty, Callie Dockery, Matthew Embry, Haley Ford, Delanie Payton, Kassie Phelps, Molly Sanders
Crittenden County -- Crittenden Co. High School
Silver: Brittany Buell, Taylor Fritts, Kaitlyn Myers, Kristen Perryman, Katie Travis, Abby Whitney
Fleming County -- Fleming Co. High School
Gold: Morgan Alexander, Henry Cho, Morgan Stephens, Haley Coleman, Taylor Cox, Aaron Vice, Evan Mitchell, Stuart Hurd, J. McGinnis, Julie Perkins, Austin Tackett, Dabney Crawford, Skylar Ramey
Silver: Taylor Lawson, Whitney Nuckols, Abby Fearin, Shelby Moran, Christen Reid.
Grant County -- Grant Co. High School
Gold: Olivia Cahill, Hayley Leach
Silver: Emily Samuels
Jefferson County -- DuPont Manual High School
Gold: Noah Ramsey, Tabitha Mitchell, Jackie Pi
Silver: Callie Kidwell, Deborah Levin, Madison Satterly, Paige Thompson, Emily Wilbar
Jessamine County -- West Jessamine Middle School
Silver: Carey Hulette
Hardin County -- John Hardin High School
Silver: Shawntionna Ditto, Rachel Boswell
Montgomery County -- Montgomery County High School
Silver: Trey Smallwood
Mason County -- Mason Co. High School
Silver: Katelyn Faul, Kegan Myrick, Courtney Tolle, Dalton Adamson, Blaike Selby
Mercer County -- Mercer Co. High School
Bronze: Kellie Ingram, Kyleigh Murray, Shelbi Jackson, Courtney Keys
Arvin Technical Center
Bronze: Jessie Baird, Cameron Schoenbachler
South Oldham High School
Silver: Tiffany Brown, Schuyler Gray
Robertson County -- Robertson Co. High School
Silver: Haley Burns, Breanna Hubbard, Aletha Thomas
Warren County -- South Warren High School
Gold: Iakira Pace
Silver: Payton Spear
Taylor County -- Taylor Co. High School
Bronze: Samantha Floyd
Washington County -- Washington Co. High School
Gold: Nicholas Sneed, Claire Miller, Shelby White, Candice Kimball, Dianna Ayala, Gaubrielle Humphress, Callah Kimball
State Advisor Reeca Carver will continue to work with other FCCLA members and advisers in Kentucky to encourage them to discover their strengths, motivate members to target career goals, and initiate a plan to ignite youth leadership in the community.
During the meeting, the National FCCLA organization presented a donation of $85,639 to Share Our Strength to fight childhood hunger. In addition, more than $2,000 in school supplies were donated to the LP PENCIL Box.
Information provided by Rebecca Blessing
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