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FCCLA National Results

July 13, 2016

On July 3-8, 2016, the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) student organization gathered over 8,000 conference attendees to the Convention Center in San Diego, California. to partake in the 72nd annual National FCCLA Leadership Conference.

Taryn Goodban, Taylor Nielsen, and Sierra Fenicle, all three going into their senior year at Waverly, competed in the event, Interpersonal Communications and received gold.  They placed 14th overall in their category.  Zach Tabor, who just graduated from Waverly, competed in the event, Digital Stories for Change.  He received silver and placed 11th overall in this category.  Emma Humphrey, going into her senior year at Waverly, competed in the event, Chapter Portfolio in Review.  She received silver and placed 26th overall in this category.  Taryn Goodban, Nebraska’s FCCLA State Officer Vice President of Competitive Events, took part in leading state meetings and attending training sessions with her state officer team members to further lead Nebraska FCCLA this upcoming year.  Emma Humphrey, Nebraska’s FCCLA Peer Education Officer helped lead Nebraska’s Spotlight on Projects during the conference.

The theme for this year’s FCCLA National Leadership Conference was, “Empower-Me Power.”  Conference Attendees were challenged to find their strengths within to empower others to make a difference in individuals, families, schools, and communities.

The FCCLA National Leadership Conference provided opportunities for attendees to come together to listen to inspiring speakers, expand their leadership skills, sharpen their talents, explore career pathways, network, and compete in the national STAR competitive events.

The component of the FCCLA National Leadership Conference that five members from Waverly qualified to compete in was STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Competitive Events.  STAR Competitive Events allows FCCLA members to select one out of 32 categories related to FACS education (skills and knowledge-based), family/community outreach, leadership, or community/global issues.  Students then have extensive criteria to follow in which they apply FACS-related knowledge and skills, develop an in=depth service-based project utilizing those skills, carry-out the project, and then create a professional presentation and portfolio to share out the results, experiences, and skills gained.  There are three levels of competition:  districts, state, and nationals.  Members must place in the top at districts to advance to state and then must place in the top two at state to advance nationals.  This year over 4,000 STAR Competitors from 49 states, the Virgin Islands, & Puerto Rico flew into San Diego and competed at this year’s FCCLA National STAR Events Competition.

A special thank you goes out to the school, community, and especially the families of these students.  Your support and encouragement helped these students reach their fullest potential and return home wanting to continue to impact & strengthen our school, community, families, and world with FCCLA. 

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