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Oklahoma FCCLA Members Connect At National Leadership Conference

Aug. 1, 2014

More than 300 Oklahoma Family, Career and Community Leaders of America students and advisers attended the 70th annual National Leadership Conference this summer in San Antonio, Texas, where they spent time networking, learning and competing.

“At the National Leadership Conference, FCCLA members learn about opportunities available to them and have the opportunity to network with members from each state, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands,” said Denise Morris, state FCCLA adviser in the Family and Consumer Sciences Division at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

In addition to meeting other FCCLA members, 140 Oklahoma students competed against more than 4,200 students from across the country in 33 Students Taking Action with Recognition events. The STAR event competitions included job interview, parliamentary procedure, fashion and interior design, culinary arts and early childhood. Oklahoma students won 57 gold, 74 silver and nine bronze medals, Morris said.

Pauls Valley FCCLA received the iRecruit Award for membership, Jenks FCCLA received the largest chapter award, and Timberlake FCCLA was runner-up in the National Program Families First contest.

The students also participated in workshops, served as STAR event evaluators and room consultants and elected national officers.

“Eight Oklahoma members were chosen to be the voting delegates for the state,” Morris explained.

FCCLA is one of seven CareerTech student organizations affiliated with CareerTech programs. It is affiliated with family and consumer sciences.

“FCCLA teaches students essential 21st century skills that will transfer into skills needed for successful families, careers and community members,” Morris said.

The other six CTSOs are SkillsUSA (trade and industrial education), FFA (agricultural education), DECA (marketing education), HOSA (health careers education), Business Professionals of America (business and information technology education) and Technology Student Association (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

For more information about FCCLA, visit For more information about CareerTech, visit

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 59 campuses, 393 comprehensive school districts and 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor

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