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It’s Time to Meet the Candidates

When asked the question “What made you want to run for state office?”, I got the following responses.

Savannah from Region 12 responds with, “I knew freshmen year when I came to state, and I saw all the red jackets, I knew one day I wanted to wear one.”  FCCLA is an organization that Savannah is passionate about and becoming a state officer gave her an opportunity to show that passion. Being on stage is a great way for her to do that. “The most important thing to me is inspiring others the way I was inspired.”

Bryce from Region 1 met state officers in 7th grade and became friends with them. “Ever since then, I became dedicated to FCCLA’s purposes and bettering my leadership skills.” He gets support from friends and advisors.

When asked “What does it take to run for a state office?” I got a lot of responses about long nights of learning FCCLA facts and writing and memorizing “killer” speeches. Running for state office takes a lot of courage, as you’re putting yourself out there, and having to speak in front of thousands of people. Savannah from Region 12 says, “running for state office takes a lot of dedication as you represent everything FCCLA.”

Do you have what it takes to be a state officer?

Contributed by Carissa Gooch, Media Team 2015

About the Author: My name is Carissa Gooch, I'm a junior at Bolivar High School. I'm the Bolivar FCCLA Chapter President and Student Council's Junior Class President. I run track and play volleyball for my school and I enjoy taking pictures, reading and hanging out with friends.


2014-2015 and 2015-2016 State Executive Councils Dinner

Every year at the State Leadership Conference, FCCLA hosts a dinner for the State Executive Council (SEC), advisors, and their friends and family. The purpose of the dinner is to acknowledge and thank the prior and incoming SEC, and recognize recipients of awards and scholarships. For example, there was a tribute to school administrators and advisors; they were nominated as part of the Missouri FCCLA Award Applicant process. Also in attendance were friends and family of the State Executive Council members who were also recognized. As the meal was served and enjoyed, a PowerPoint presentation of the previous year’s SEC was played. The evening ended with an emotional Ms. Donna Sharpe thanking her first SEC for being so hard-working and making her experience enjoyable. Thank you to Ms. Donna Sharpe for all you do for Missouri FCCLA! Contributed by Kate Sweiger

About the Author: Senior at Maysville R-1 High School, Chapter President, planning on attending Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri and majoring in Health Administration.

Stand Your Ground

Joel Penton played 5 years of football for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a participant of three Big Ten championship teams as well as a member of the National Championship team. Since his time on the field, he has earned his position as one of the nation’s leading youth motivational speakers. Joel has spoken to nearly half a million people since he has started his career. He hopes to inspire others with his positive message for others to make a commitment to themselves to stand their ground.

           Joel brings an inspirational, real-life message to his audience that he hopes will make an impact on many high school students. He talks about peer pressure and how he stayed with his commitment to stay away from anything he knew that could get him into trouble. Even when his friends ditched him and he had no one left, he still never threw away his commitment to himself and it is what lead him to where he is today, playing football on a full ride scholarship for Ohio State. Contributed by Sidney Mortenson, Media Team 2015
About the Author: I am a senior at Tipton High School. I love to spend time with my family and friends outside of school. I plan to attend State Fair Community College on my A+ scholarship with a major in Radiation Therapy.

Making Headlines

Going to a workshop is a great experience, but nothing compares to the adrenaline rush that comes with presenting a workshop. This year, I was able to present my workshop called Making Headlines: How To Put Your Chapter on the Front Page. Loving both chapter public relations and public speaking, the workshop seemed like great practice for any future public speaking ventures I had, and FCCLA is always the perfect audience.

Presenting can be a scary experience at first, but once I got to know the audience through my ice breaker, my fears were lessened. Participating in STAR Events and running for regional office gave me the public speaking skills that allowed me to give this presentation. If not for the skills I have earned through FCCLA, I might have never been able to present a speech in front of a crowd. Being a part of the Ultimate Leadership Experience has given me the leadership skills that I will be able to take through college and the rest of my life. Contributed by Payton Stringer, Media Team 2015