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LP-A students galvanize excellence

More than 5,000 nationwide members, advisers, alumni and guests of FCCLA -- Family, Career and Community Leaders of America -- gathered in Orlando, Fla., July 13-17 for the 2008 National Leadership Meeting. Thirteen students from the Lake Park Audubon School district were among them.

This year's student-devised subject for the annual national meeting was "Excellence Electrified," and 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.

A number of relevant youth issues, such as the changing roles of men and women in the home and workplace, traffic safety and cancer awareness were also explored at the meeting through presentations, workshops, and youth sessions.

LPA students will continue to work with other FCCLA members and advisers in Minnesota to encourage others to discover their strengths, motivate members to target career goals, and initiate a plan to ignite youth leadership in their community.

Other meeting highlights included:

n STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) which are competitive events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills.

LPA brought home 4 Gold and 1 Silver Medal in the STAR Events competition.

n Spotlight on Projects where representatives from states share successful national, state, or chapter projects.

n A Feed The Children Event where attendees raise awareness regarding the youth of America living in poverty and who are forced to deal with hunger on a daily basis.

FCCLA's advantageous programs enrich student learning, improve self-esteem, and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations, and cultural influences.

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 more than 220,000 members and nearly 7,000 chapters from 50 state associations and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten 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.