Twenty-one members from the Harrisburg Family, Career, and Community Leadership of America (FCCLA) Chapter gathered with fellow members from across South Dakota. Over 1,400 members, advisers, and guests attended the FCCLA Leadership Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota held on March 31st – April 2nd. The theme was “Believe in Yourself,” and the conference was a huge success. FCCLA members participated in workshops, competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events, ran for leadership positions, and met with other youth leaders at the Denny Sanford Convention Center/Sheraton Hotel. Members were also inspired by keynote speaker Ryan Moran, author, business owner, and entrepreneur, during the State Leadership Conference.
During the meeting, awards were distributed to members. Chapters also received recognition for their community service efforts and their advancements as leaders. Harrisburg High FCCLA was recognized for the following awards: Merit Chapter Award and National Outreach Team State Excellence Award. Kiana Sauer was selected to serve on the SD FCCLA Current Trends Leadership Team as well as she was given a $250 grant for her work on promoting nutrition and wellness to elementary children. In addition, Macie Coleman received first place during the talent show competition.
On the last day of the conference, STAR Event results were announced. Those individuals who received gold status on their events included Grace Star (Illustrated Talk), Izzy Roth and Jaime Hall (Chapter Service Project Portfolio), Allyson McMillian and Hannah Schroeder (Illustrated Talk), and Kiana Sauer (Focus on Children Display). The following students received silver status on their events: Alexis Burley (Illustrated Talk), Victoria Booth (Life Event Planning), Jaylie Van’tHul and Ainsely Plack (Illustrated Talk), and Ella Bergsmith (Illustrated Talk). Macie Coleman and Brooklyn Mulder received a bronze rating on their National Programs in Action event. Grace Star and Izzy Roth/Jaime Hall received the highest score in their event category and now will advance to Anaheim, California for the National FCCLA Leadership Conference from June 30 – July 4th.
Picture #1: Grace Starr, Izzy Roth, and Jaime Hall (not pictured) advance to National FCCLA in Anaheim, CA with their selected events.
Picture #2: Harrisburg FCCLA members who attended state FCCLA competition in Sioux Falls, SD.