The Blanco chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America attended the State Leadership Conference held in Houston, Texas on April 14-16, 2011. The chapter members were among 3,500 delegates attending the three-day conference. The youth-developed theme, “Ignite the FCCLA Flame,” was carried out through tracks featuring a series of specialized workshops and general sessions in which members discovered ways to become actively involved in issues facing today’s youth.
STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) are competitive events in which members participate at the regional level and the top six achievers from each of the five regions advance to the state meeting. There are 26 different STAR event categories in which members can showcase their knowledge and skills. Ashley Alexander, Sidney Oliver, and Riki Cole competed in the Chapter Showcase Display with their project based on the theme “Ignite the FCCLA Flame.” Their project highlighted all of the activities members have participated in this school year. Ashley, Sidney, and Riki earned fourth (4th) place in the Senior Division at the State Level.
Chelsea San Miguel fulfilled her duties as the out-going Region V Vice President of Programs by assisting with STAR Events, serving as a greeter for leadership tracks, and as a member of the State Executive Council. Chelsea was honored Saturday morning at the scholarship recipient breakfast and later at the general session. She was awarded with the CJ Davidson scholarship in the amount of $2,000 per semester for four (4) years. This scholarship is awarded based on student involvement in FCCLA, academics, and their desire to pursue an education in the Family & Consumer Sciences field.
FCCLA is a dynamic youth organization that has the family as the central focus. Student leaders of Texas FCCLA are ready to “Ignite the FCCLA Flame” and progress with programs related to parenting, child development, management (personal and financial), interior design, entrepreneurship, food service, nutrition, institutional maintenance, hospitality, and career awareness. The leadership skills gained from FCCLA can and will be beneficial for many years. All activities focus on family, career and community leadership. FCCLA members will utilize knowledge gained through leadership experiences to develop a solid foundation for the future.