|Three FCHS members win medals in leadership competition|
Four FCHS students attended the FCCLA National Competition last month. The team consists of Jessica Leftwich, adviser, from left, Julia Hartberger, Allison Brown, Keirstin Lewis, Mattie Elmore and Jaclyn Mather, adviser.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Four Franklin County High School students attended the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference last month in Orlando, Fla.
Allison Brown, Mattie Elmore, Julia Hartberger and Keirstin Lewis, along with their advisers Jessica Leftwich and Jaclyn Mather, were among more than 6,800 nationwide members, advisers and alumni of FCCLA, who gathered for the national conference.
While in Orlando, over 3,600 students competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) activities, which are competitive events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills, according to Leftwich.
Three of the Franklin County High School members represented Virginia in these competitions, which included visuals and a 10-15 minute presentation on how they organized and implemented events that positively impacted their community, Leftwich said.
Allison Brown and Julia Hartberger earned a gold medal in Chapter Service Project. Keirstin Lewis earned a silver medal in National Programs in Action.
Throughout the five-day conference, participants discussed several critical issues, including family, school and community violence prevention, physical as well as financial fitness, future career exploration and countless community service projects, Leftwich said.
The FCCLA Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members, Leftwich said. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus.
FCCLA has over 200,000 members and over 6,500 chapters. Franklin County High School FCCLA was the largest chapter in Virginia during the 2011-2012 school year, with over 120 members. The organization has involved more than 10 million youth since its founding in 1945.