FCCLA Attends State Convention
Approximately 2,000 Oklahoma Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members attended the annual FCCLA State Convention Thursday, April 1, 2021 in Oklahoma City’s brand-new Convention Center. The theme of this year's convention was "Stay Connected, Stay Red” according to Brittani Phillips, State FCCLA Adviser at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, Stillwater.
Convention activities began with the opening general session at 9:00 a.m. where scholarship winners were announced and honorary members were recognized. Oklahoma FCCLA president, Kenzlee Camp, Broken Bow High School, presided over the convention. “The Marlow FCCLA Chapter took 11 of its members to the convention”, said Tamra May, Chapter Adviser.
Members and advisers had the opportunity to hear keynote speaker Kyle Scheele. “It was an inspiring speech about standing up for yourself and finding those people willing to stand with you,” said MHS Chapter VP of Community Service, Maddison Hise. 13 workshop interest sessions were offered, ranging in topic from leadership development to the power of positivity. “I really enjoyed the “Communication in Leadership” workshop.” said MHS Chapter Vice-President, Alexus King. “The interactive activities were fun, interesting, and made us think and listen.” she added. 2021-2022 State Executive Council members were elected and installed. Participants also had the opportunity to view exhibits and network with businesses from around the state. “After a year of uncertainty and disconnect, it was nice to get together with the other members from across the state to remind us of the importance of human connection.” said next year’s MHS Chapter President, Marissa Krautbauer.
This convention was the first hybrid State Convention Oklahoma FCCLA ever hosted, with over 200 chapters live streaming into the sessions. Many chapters had viewing parties at their schools or held events off campus in order to make the day memorable for members.
Over 500 FCCLA members competed in competitive event activities March 24th, 25th, and 27th. Students competed in areas of parliamentary procedure, job interview, illustrated talk, child care, and culinary arts, among others.
State winners of the competitive events were announced during the medal ceremony. The Marlow Chapter had three members recognized. Marissa Krautbauer placed 3rd in Children's Literature; Morgan Warren placed 2nd in FCCLA Creed Speaking; and Kaylynn Bradley placed 1st in Work Ready-Child Care Teacher's Aide.
National STAR Event winners will compete at the hybrid Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Leadership Conference, June 26- July 2, in Nashville, TN and online.
FCCLA is a career and technology student organization sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and is an integral part of Family and Consumer Sciences Education programs in comprehensive high schools and area technology centers.
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