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Hogie, other FCCLA members head to Washington, D.C., for leadership training

Several Minnesota State Officers pose for a photo with President Lincoln at the Wax Museum in Washington, D.C. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Breann Hogie, a senior at Lake Park Audubon High School recently returned from the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) Capitol Leadership, held Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in Washington, D.C.

Hogie is a member of the LPA FCCLA and serves as the vice president of Community Service for the State of Minnesota FCCLA and had the opportunity to participate in the Expert Advocate concentration of the FCCLA Leadership Academy.

This powerful leadership development program focuses on networking, professionalism, public relations, strategic planning, advocacy and more. Capitol Leadership attendees also had the opportunity to participate in a service learning project in Washington, D.C.

In addition, all participants of Capitol Leadership visited their Congressional representatives to discuss the importance of funding Career and Technical Education through the Carl D. Perkins Act to support areas such as nutrition education in schools.

Hogie went to Capitol Hill and met with Colin Peterson, her State Representative and met with Senate assistants for Sens. Klobuchar and Franken.

Breann Hogie

When asked about her most memorable or impressive experience, Hogie said she especially enjoyed the networking that she had with other members across the nation.

“Getting to meet other students who share the same passions and ideals from other chapters across the nation is a very rewarding side benefit of the conference,” stated Hogie.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience 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 200,000 members and more than 5,500 chapters from 50 state associations and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than 10 million youth since its founding in 1945.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America 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. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers and communities.