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They got to hear John Hope Bryant, founder and CEO of Operation HOPE, speak. Submitted Photo

LPA students set new record for qualifying national students

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John Hope Bryant, the founder and CEO of Operation HOPE, serves on the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability attended the National Leadership Conference of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) held July 8-12 in Orlando.

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During his visit, Bryant spoke to over 6,600 members regarding the importance of career and technical organizations, such as FCCLA. He commended FCCLA for preparing students for the world of work by ensuring them with the skills that are needed to be successful.

According to Bryant, "there are three types of people; eagles, buzzards and turkeys." He encouraged the members to be eagles because they are independent thinkers and do not fly in packs. Eagles are respected and represent strong leadership."

While in attendance, Bryant also had the opportunity to experience the conference in action as he witnessed competitive events, National Officer Candidate speeches, and adviser professional development workshops.

This year's student-originated theme for the annual national meeting was "reality check" and attracted over 6,600 members. Throughout the five-day convention, participants examined and discussed several critical issues, including family, school and community violence prevention, physical as well as financial fitness, future career exploration and countless community service projects.

Lake Park-Audubon FCCLA chapter set a new state record by qualifying and sending 30 members to the National Conference to compete in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events. LPA students received one silver and 12 gold medals in the STAR Event competition. The number of members qualifying and receiving medals from a single chapter is a new Minnesota state record.

LPA FCCLA members qualifying for the National STAR Event competition include Meghan Peterson, Sam Dahlgren, Megan Hilfer, Jessie Swegarden, Bailee Bartunek, Alexa Walz, Breann Hogie, Emma Ulmer, Maegan Anderson, Hayley Kapusta, Emily Sunram, Lydia Danielson, Carissa Raaen, Sam Anglin, Mat Pepper, Jackson Nelson, Jessica Dalen, Amber Christensen, Chelsey Torblaa, Andrea Knudsvig, Maria Veit, Elijah Beaudine, Bryce Bartunek, Beau Svobodny, Greg Olson, Dylan Omvig, Chloe Rieger, Angela Carlson, Marley McDunn and Rachel Carlson.

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 190,000 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.

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