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Oklahoma FCCLA Brings Home National Honors, Medals

Oklahoma Family, Careers and Community Leaders of America sent 298 members and advisers to join more than 7,000 people from across the country at the 2013 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

FCCLA is a the co-curricular CareerTech student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and addresses personal, family, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education.

Oklahoma’s leadership was shown in the national elections.

Abby Alred, from the Stillwater FCCLA chapter, was elected to the office of national vice president of community service. She was elected as national officer candidate during the state FCCLA conference.

Dawn Lindsley, was elected chairwoman of the National FCCLA board of directors. Lindsley was a FACS teacher and FCCLA adviser in Kansas for 11 years. In June, she began work as the accreditation coordinator in the Technology Services Division at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education in Stillwater.

Also at the conference, students received awards for outstanding skills in national competitive events.

They brought 115 gold, silver and bronze medals from the 31 national STAR Events back to Oklahoma. These events are based on the belief that every student is a winner, said Denise Morris, Oklahoma FCCLA adviser.

“Competition, evaluation and recognition all stress cooperation as the basis of success,” Morris said. “Both youth and adults work together to manage the events and serve as evaluators of the participants.”

Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues such as teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues and career exploration. FCCLA programs and competitions provide opportunities for student learning and improving self-esteem and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations and cultural influences.

“FCCLA is the ultimate leadership experience,” Morris said. “It is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only CareerTech student organization with the family as its central focus.”



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