Local Student Attends National FCCLA Conference in Chicago
Local student, Raimond French and more than 6,100 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni and guests from across the country gathered July 4 – 8, 2010, for FCCLA’s National Leadership Conference. This summer marks the 65th Birthday for FCCLA. Chicago served as the setting for the celebration and was the city where FCCLA was founded in 1945. The activities kicked off with a 4th of July themed birthday extravaganza at Navy Pier with fun activities for the students, food and a fireworks display over Lake Michigan.
During the week, youth members, advisers and guests participated in general sessions, competitive events, workshops and exhibits focusing on helping students understand and face issues challenging youth today. The keynote speaker, Aaron Davis, described as passionate, humorous and exciting; motivates students all over the country with his presentations. Aaron is the author of three books that are impacting thousands! Aaron graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Psychology and he was also a member of the 1994 National Championship Nebraska Football Team. Aaron challenged attendees to “Think About Their Choices” and the consequences that they bring on Monday at the McCormick Place Convention Center during the opening general session.
Raimond French, local Lexington High School FCCLA member and Region 5 Vice President of Achievement was selected to judge one of the competitive events, better known at STAR Events, on the national level. The FCCLA competitive events had over 3,200 students from across the nation competing for top honors in over 20 Family and Consumer Science related events including Food Innovations, Interpersonal Communications, and Job Interview to name a few. Raimond was selected to be a national judge because of his involvement in FCCLA during school year 2009-2010. During this past school year, Raimond was the Region 5 Vice President of STAR Events and was responsible for finding the judges for the region level competition.
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 Science Education. FCCLA has over 200,000 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.
FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience 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.
Raimond traveled with Ms. Michelle Jones, his new FCCLA adviser and the new Family and Consumer Science teacher for Lexington High School. Also attending the national conference was Rebecca French.