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More than 7,000 FCCLA students, including LP-A, converge in Nashville

Twenty-seven members of the Lake Pake-Audubon FCCLA traveled to Nashville for the National Leadership Conference. SUBMITTED PHOTO

More than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered together in Nashville, Tenn., July 7-11 for FCCLA’s 2013 National Leadership Conference. Lake Park-Audubon students were among them.

This conference was themed “Discover Your Voice” and challenged participants to confront the issues youth are facing today by gaining the necessary skills through leadership development and competitive events. Over 3,600 of the students took part in FCCLA’s Competitive Events and more than 25 students ran for national FCCLA officer positions.

Lake Park Audubon FCCLA chapter sent 27 members to the National Conference to compete in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events.  LPA students received 2 Silver and 10 Gold medals in the STAR Event competition.  The LPA Chapter continues to hold the Minnesota State record of members qualifying and receiving medals from a single chapter at the National level.

LPA FCCLA members qualifying for and attending the National STAR Event competition included: Meghan Peterson, Sam Dahlgren, Cassidy Holmstrom, Lane Ulmer, Ted Schauer, Paul Jenson, Clay Anderson, Allie Herfindahl, Emma Osborne, Tabitha Anglin, Lilly Ness, Sierra Omvig, Nellie Branchaud, Justin Hanson, Tory Haglund,  Megan Hilfer, Jessie Swegarden, Bailee Bartunek, Alexa Walz, Breann Hogie, Emma Ulmer, Hayley Kapusta, Emily Sunram, Lydia Danielson, Carissa Raaen, Sam Anglin and Jackson Nelson.

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.

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.