Wamego High FCCLA Members Earn Recognition and Advancement to Nationals
Wichita, KS- Members, alumni, advisers and guests of the Kansas Family, Career and Community Leaders of America attended the 72nd State Leadership Conference April 15th-17th in Wichita, KS. Among them were members of the Wamego High FCCLA Chapter with their FCCLA Advisor, Tammy Biswell and Culinary Arts Coach, Jacquie Steinbacher. With more than 1,300 FCCLA members in attendance, SLC was truly the “Ultimate Leadership Experience”!
With the conference theme of “Hit Play with Kansas FCCLA” the Kansas State Executive council led the conference in all the general sessions. Judson Laipply was the keynote speaker. His message empowers students to make their future successful by being involved and taking part in expanding your horizon every day.
Members also competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events. STAR Events are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership, and career preparation. Senior, Ashely Gano–received 1st Place Gold Medal in the Occupational Job Interview STAR event. Gano will represent Kansas at the national STAR event competitions this summer at Atlanta, Georgia. Culinary Team members, Dario Moreno and Clifford Rodgers earned a Bronze Medal in the Culinary Arts Competition.
Chapter members also had the opportunity to celebrate individual accomplishment at the conference. Sophomores, Karlyn Flynn and Jessi Frazier-Brown were selected to serve as Kansas FCCLA Peer Educators for the 2018-2019 service year. On Monday April 16th, Karlyn and Jessi were inducted into their positions on the Families First Team for Kansas FCCLA. The FCCLA Families First national peer education program through which youth gain a better understanding of how families work and learn skills to become strong family members. These ladies will attend district, state and national conferences informing teens about the importance the family unit. In addition to Karlyn and Jessi attended a training conference and officer celebration for their new office.
During the general session awards were given to recognize chapter, member and advisor accomplishments. Ashley Gano received, District “D” FCCLA Member of the Year for her leadership and dedication to its members in the district. Mrs. Tammy Biswell was awarded the Spirit of Advising Award for her involvement in FCCLA at the chapter, district and national level. Mrs. Biswell was elected to serve Kansas FCCLA on the Board of Directors for a continuous term of three years as the Career Representative of Kansas FCCLA.
The Wamego High FCCLA Chapter has concluded another year of outstanding accomplishments. Our chapter would like to thank the following area businesses for their support of our members in participating in FCCLA competitive events throughout the year; WTC, Bank of the Flint Hills, Wamego Community Foundation, Wamego Chamber, The Columbian Theater and Kaw Valley State Bank. Their support has made it possible for our students to gain experience in leadership and career preparation in community and industry.
Back Row L-R; Karlyn Flynn, Madysen Farr, Rebecca White, Dario Moreno, Clifford Rodgers Front Row L-R; Ashley Gano, Kelsey Haile, Cambrey Eichem and Jessi Frazier-Brown