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Gabi Cutruzzula – FCCLA

Former FCCLA national officer shared her dream with her younger sister.

THEN: A seventh-grade family and consumer sciences student sitting in the audience at FCCLA’s National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. Twelve-year-old Gabi Cutruzzula said she was inspired by the national officers on stage and dreamed of someday walking onto that stage herself. That dream came true in 2016, when she served as FCCLA national vice president of community service.

“I truthfully think that even today, nearly eight years later, I haven’t felt as inspired as I did at that first conference in seventh grade,” she said.

The Drummond High School graduate credits FCCLA for giving her

  • Self-confidence. She said FCCLA helped her step out of her comfort zone and pushed her to be “the best version of herself.”
  • Passion for service. She is vice president of membership for the largest philanthropic organization on the Oklahoma State University campus, which raised more than $165,000 for Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Foundation last year.
  • Experience with goal-setting.
  • Job skills, including interviewing skills she has used on numerous occasions.

NOW: Attending college at Oklahoma State University, majoring in political science (pre-law). She plans to attend law school after graduation. Gabi said, “I credit much of my success in college to FCCLA and my adviser, Brooke Kusch,” adding that the student organization gave her the confidence to set high goals for herself.

“I will never forget how incredibly impactful CareerTech has been on my life.”

Gabi Cutruzzula

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