FCCLA students attend leadership conference

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Jazlynn Early

FCCLA members are living by the organization’s “Our Legacy, Your Future” theme by telling other schools all of the need-to-know facts about the national group. The official rules for competition will be released on September 15.

On September 10, 41 local members attended the Fall FCCLA Leadership Conference at ESC 6 in Huntsville, along with students from Bryan, Bremond, Huntsville, Goose Creek, Sealy, Baytown, Willis, and Royal HS.

Sophomores Omar Almeida and Emma Adams speak at a session during the FCCLA Leadership Conference.

“This was a great opportunity for our newest members to learn more about Family, Career and Community Leaders of America,” sponsor Amanda Harter said. “It also gave our returners some experience teaching other students about the organization.”

About 175 students attended the conference, making this one of the largest events for Region IV.

“I wasn’t really surprised that so many students came to the conference,” Region IV Vice President Betsy Martinez said. “I know that this organization is expanding, and I would love to make it even bigger and known to the community.”

Students were split into groups and rotated from room to room for lessons, including Parliamentary Procedure, STAR Event basics, National Programs and Service Learning Projects. Training sessions were lead by Buffalo FCCLA officers Betsy Martinez, Callie Harter, Dayani Compean, Emma Adams, Omar Almeida, Scarlett Carrillo and Kaline Martinez, along with senior members Emma Reeder and Skyler Randall.

“In the first presentation, I felt nervous and a bit unprepared because I hadn’t previously practiced this presentation in front of anyone, and I haven’t been in front of such a large group in a while,” junior Scarlet Carillo said. “I think my presentation sparked some enough interest in them to where they might be able to research more themselves, though.”

Since Buffalo has region and state officers for FCCLA, the leadership event was a requirement. However, freshman Christian Martinez said that this event was very educational for him.

“I learned what events take place in FCCLA, and I feel that I will perform well in the organization,” Martinez said. “I feel like I know what to do now, and I’m not confused.”