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Over 7,000 students visit Washington, D.C., for National Conference

Washington DC. – More than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C., July 5-10, for FCCLA’s 2015 National Leadership Conference.

This conference was themed, “Together We Are Stronger,.. Ready,.. Family,… Healthy.” The national conference challenged participants to confront the issues youth are facing today by gaining the necessary skills through leadership development and competitive events. Over 4000 of the students took part in FCCLA’s Competitive Events and 31 students ran for national FCCLA officer positions.

The fundraising community service opportunity benefited "Share Our Strength." This past year, FCCLA collaborated with Share Our Strength to fight childhood hunger by raising funds and awareness. The organization will collaborate with Lead 2 Feed in the upcoming year. 

FCCLA Competitive Events took place with over 4,000 students from across the nation competing for top honors in over 40 Family and Consumer Sciences related events.  Wadena-Deer Creek FCCLAer, Jessica Langer earned the opportunity to compete in the Job Interview category where she received a gold medal.

Hope Norenberg, MN FCCLA Vice President of Communication, attended the conference as Minnesota’s candidate for national office.  She advanced to the top twenty finalists through a rigorous process of tests, interviews, and on stage questioning.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a dynamic and effective national 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 over 200,000 members and over 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.      

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members.  It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus.  

Jessica Langer (left) and Hope Norenberg with their awards from Minnesota State FCCLA Conference. (Photos by Cindi Koll)

Jessica Langer (left) and Hope Norenberg with their awards from Minnesota State FCCLA Conference. (Photos by Cindi Koll)

MN FCCLA delegates arriving in Washington, D.C., from left, Cindi Koll, Courtney Dinsmore, Julia Adams, Jessica Langer and Hope Norenberg. Courtney and Julia are Wright Technical Center students.

MN FCCLA delegates arriving in Washington, D.C., from left, Cindi Koll, Courtney Dinsmore, Julia Adams, Jessica Langer and Hope Norenberg. Courtney and Julia are Wright Technical Center students.

Jessica Langer earned a gold medal on her STAR event, job interview. 

Jessica Langer earned a gold medal on her STAR event, job interview. 

Hope Norenberg presented her speech on stage in front of the delegates.

Hope Norenberg presented her speech on stage in front of the delegates.