Mandan students attend state leadership meeting
Youth from the Mandan chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America recently participated in the 68th annual State Leadership Conference in Bismarck, April 7 to 9.
Attendees participated in trainings and sessions that challenged, informed and motivated members and their advisers to become leaders through FCCLA. Along with more than 700 other members and chapter advisers, Mandan’s FCCLA chapter adviser, Kayla Kakela, accompanied 14 members and one student teacher to the meeting.
The TEAM ND FCCLA… Challenge Yourself theme was reinforced in the Opening General Session by guest speaker Patrick Kasper, who inspired attendees with his motivational message, “Positive Motion,” and encouraged attendees to make the most of their leadership potential.
The conference agenda also included specific training in FCCLA Leadership programs and participation in STAR events. The students participating, followed by their place and category they competed, included: Destiny Kindsvogel, first place, Job Interview, advance to nationals; Laiken Bren and Rebecca Helbling, 1st place, Focus on Children, advance to nationals; Hailee Hopfauf and Shayne Keller, silver, Food Innovations; Shaylynn Mack, bronze, Career Investigation; Kelly Davis, silver, Recycle and Redesign; Barbara Senger and Kayla Helbling, gold, Life Event Planning; Heather Tischmak, Maddie Boechler, Kelsey Schulz, silver, Chapter Service Display.
Brooke Swanston and Kayla Stelter were the group’s voting delegates. Hailee Hopfauf was also elected as the vice president for ND FCCLA for 2013-14.
Students attending the conference also participated in a variety of service learning activities to raise money for the statewide service project, Children’s Miracle Network. During the 2012-13 school year, North Dakota FCCLA members have raised over $40,000 in support of the network. The organization has pledged to raise $100,000.00 over a five-year period.