FCCLA students excel at national conference

Three students from the Lovell High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter found success at the 2019 FCCLA National Leadership Conference June 29 through July 4 in Anaheim, Calif., chapter advisor Alana Thackeray reported recently.

“Believe in Yourself” was the theme of the conference, and the three LHS students participated in the National STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events, bringing home gold and silver medals.

Lovell High School FCCLA members (l-r) Chevelle Jolley, Grace Edwards and Miranda Wambeke pose with the medals they received at the National Leadership Conference June 29-July 4 in Anaheim, Calif.
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“As their chapter advisor I was so proud of their accomplishments,” Thackeray said. “They each represented the great state of Wyoming as well as our Lovell High School chapter.”

During the STAR events recognition session the students received the following awards: Grace Edwards — Programs in Action “Gold” with a score of 97.33 percents; Miranda Wambeke — Life Event Planning “Silver” with a score of 89 percent; Chevelle Jolley — Career Investigation “Silver” with a score of 87 percent.

The trio also attended various sessions where they experienced guest speakers, the FCCLA Expo, workshops, state meetings and trading Wyoming pins for other state pins. The students joined more than 8,000 members and advisors learning that “you can do anything you set your mind to do,” Thackery said, and “Believe in Yourself as you lead others, develop new skills, explore career opportunities, build strong families, and give back to your communities. Make a difference. Be you.”

While in Anaheim the students also were able to experience attending the Los Angeles Angels baseball game against the Oakland A’s, a City of Los Angeles tour, a twilight tour of Disneyland, where they witnessed a Fantastic Fireworks show at the Disney Castle, a trip to Huntington Beach, a trip to Universal Studios and a Fourth of July party at the Disneyland Hotel with all FCCLA members and fireworks to end the evening.

“On the Fourth of July we felt the aftershocks of an earthquake, which made the day memorable as our hotel swayed back and forth prior to us leaving for meetings that day,” Thackeray said. “It made for an interesting experience as the students had never felt this before. Of course, the hotel was very safe as it is built on rollers, which move with the quake. The only thing that was bad for the students was the fact that
the elevators were closed so they had to use the
stairs, which meant going down from the 14th 
floor to the lobby.

“As our FCCLA mission is to promote personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education — focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader — members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge and career preparation. The trip was a wonderful memorable experience for each of us as we renewed old friendships in addition to gaining new. We definitely had the ‘ultimate leadership’ experience.”