Ponce de Leon High School FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) joined more than 7,500 FCCLA student leaders, members, and advisers at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Sunday, July 2 through Thursday, July 6 to participate in the annual FCCLA National Leadership Conference.
The conference provided Ponce de Leon FCCLA students opportunities for listening to inspiring speakers, attending learning sessions, competing on the national level, and networking with other leaders. The theme of this year’s conference was “Unlimited Possibilities,” which inspired attendees to discover the unlimited possibilities within their reach while exploring career opportunities, developing leadership skills, and growing personally while making difference in their families and communities.
“We were thrilled to have an attendance of over 7,500 members, advisers, partners, and guests who were committed to discovering the unlimited possibilities available through FCCLA. The relationships and skills developed during this conference have inspired students to make a difference in their own communities and to discover the unlimited possibilities within their reach,” said Sandy Spavone, executive director of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
Zach Prescott, Tanner McKinley, Cary Miller, Allie Alford, Lindy Motley, Alicia Prather, Drew Carroll and Kaitlyn Wilkerson from Ponce de Leon participated in one of 30 Family and Consumer Sciences related Competitive Events offered at NLC, including STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events . These events support foundational, leadership, and workplace skills in areas such as advocacy, culinary arts, and entrepreneurship. Competing with over 4,200 STAR Event participants in Nashville, Zach Prescott competed in the Leadership Event and earned a gold medal; Tanner McKinley and Cary Miller competed in Chapter Service Project, Senior Division and earned a gold medal; Allie Alford, Lindy Motley, and Alicia Prather competed in Chapter Service Project, Junior Division and earned a gold medal; and Drew Carroll and Kaitlyn Wilkerson competed in National Programs in Action and earned a silver medal.
Ponce de Leon students tackled issues including preventing alcohol abuse, collecting food as part of Lead2Feed for local churches food banks, collecting items for cancer patients and focusing on leadership skills in order to compete at state and national conferences.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective career and technical student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has more than 164,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 49 state associations, in addition to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.