2012-03-15 / School

LHS Students attend “Highway to Success” Leadership Meeting

by Rebecca French,
Lexington High School Principal

Lexington High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America ( FCCLA) members attended the Region 5 Leadership meeting in Corpus Christi held at the American Bank Center, Thursday, Feb. 23rd - Saturday, Feb. 25th. The theme for this student developed leadership meeting was “ Highway to Success”. The leadership meeting was developed, planned and carried out by the Region and State FCCLA officers who are all current high school students. Officers are elected by voting delegates each spring to carry out the business of the association for the following school year. Students are elected to serve on the Region level or the State level.

Current State FCCLA Parliamentarian Raimond French was responsible for the Leadership Tracks at the Region Leadership meeting on Friday afternoon. Leadership Tracks are 45 minute workshops where students can go and listen to various speakers speak on current topics of interest to today’s youth. This year’s Leadership Track topics were: “5th Quarter”, “Your Career Journey...What does it take to get prepared?”, “Hidden Dangers of Dating: STOP the Violence”, and “Traveling without Tobacco”. Raimond and fellow State FCCLA Officers Kellan Baran from Hutto HS and Travis Atchley from Orange Grove HS were the speakers for the session “Hidden Dangers of Dating: STOP the Violence”. These young men provided a very informative presentation about dating violence and what to do if you are in an abusive relationship.

Local chapter members had the opportunity to participate in the Competitive Events at the Region Leadership meeting. This year, LHS had a team in the Parliamentary Procedure event. Team members were seniors— Kaylie Clare-Shermann, Lauren Johnston, Cody Morgan, juniors—Johna Alford, Destinee Gartman, Lucy Martinez, Aleece Moerbe and sophomore—Randi Brown.

A Parliamentary Procedure Team can be mixed grade levels. Students have to demonstrate the proper working knowledge of parliamentary law and the ability to conduct a FCCLA business meeting. Participants must take a Parliamentary Procedure Knowledge Test, present a business meeting using materials they receive when they enter the contest room and prepare minutes of the meeting to be given to the judges as they leave the contest room. The Parliamentary Procedure team placed 4th out of 10 teams. This top five ranking makes this team eligible for state level contest to be held in Dallas April 12 – 14, 2012.

Other LHS students participated in Leadership Enhancement Opportunities, better known as LEO’s. Students were able to take a knowledge based test on one of twelve different subjects related to Family and Consumer Sciences Education. LEO participants were Adrian Lovings, Silver medalist; Jessica Burns, participant certificate and Lindsay Vogelsang, participant certificate.

LHS students attended the opening ceremonies Friday night and had the opportunity to hear guest speaker, Mary Ann Abbate, speak about the irresponsible and reckless driving of a fellow teammate that claimed the life of her teenage son. The movie “5th Quarter” is based on the Abbate family and how they endured after the tragic loss of Luke Abbate, who was 15 at the time of the accident. During the second general session Saturday morning, a variety of business was conducted, installation of new region officers and awards were presented to contestants.

FCCLA is a Career & Technology Student Organization sponsored by Family and Consumer Sciences Education. FCCLA is the only in school student organization that focuses on the 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 local sponsor of FCCLA is Rebecca Otte French, LHS Principal.

Special thanks to Mrs. Kathy Bricker for driving and helping to chaperon students at the region meeting in Corpus Christi.

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