Catskill Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students Rachel Marino (of Coxsackie Athens schools), Sydney Moe and Ashley Shook participated in the annual FCCLA National Leadership Conference (NLC) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA June 28 – July 2.
The students networked with over 7,000 students from around the country and participated in Family and Consumer Sciences related competitive events offered at NLC, including STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events and the FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl. These events support foundational, leadership, and workplace skills in areas such as advocacy, culinary arts, and entrepreneurship. Moe and Shook competed in Food Innovation and received a silver medal. Marino competed in Recycle and Redesign and received a gold medal. They are excited to share their experience with students and the school board this fall.
The conference provided Catskill FCCLA students opportunities come together for energizing learning while listening to inspiring speakers, expanding leadership skills, sharpening talents, and exploring career pathways. The theme of this year’s conference was “Inspired by FCCLA,” which inspired attendees to make the right choices and commit themselves to making a positive impact within their families, schools, FCCLA, and communities.
“Our National Leadership Conference was a great success this year, with a record-setting attendance of over 7,500 members, advisers, partners and guests. During the past week we’ve watched thousands of students come together and realize their full potential through competition, career training, and workshops. The relationships developed and training experienced during this conference have empowered students to go into their schools and communities and make a difference, bringing with them the values and passions FCCLA brings to our members,” said Sandy Spavone, executive director of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
Catskill FCCLA students gladly shared their thoughts regarding this opportunity:
Sydney Moe: “During the National FCCLA Leadership Conference I learned the importance of saving money which can help my future. I also learned about distracted driving among teens and Ashley and I hope to do a program to educate the Catskill student body. Overall it was a good experience and I’m glad I attended the national conference.”
Rachel Marino: “Participating in the NLC allowed me to use many leadership skills, like communicating with teachers and my community for sponsorships to improving my STAR event presentation. The highlight of my trip was pin trading and networking with FCCLA students from around the country.”
Ashley Shook: “Going to Nationals in Atlanta was a great experience. We learned the basics of FCCLA, like leadership and careers, but we also got to meet so many other kids from across the country and become closer with kids just like us. I plan on bringing back some helpful tips and an event to include into our chapter. This event is “Safe 2 Save.” More details will be discussed when the school year begins. Overall, I had an amazing time in Atlanta. I recommend FCCLA to the people who consider themselves a leader and who think they could make an impact in Catskill FCCLA.”
Congratulations to Rachel, Ashley and Syndey on representing Catskill CSD so well!