Exeter-Milligan FCCLA attends District Leadership Conference
by Mary Lou Vossler, Advisor
On October 4, 2017 approximately 260 Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members gathered at Central Community College in Hastings, Nebraska for the District #4 Leadership Conference. These 7 schools, with approximately 300 FCCLA members came together: Bruning-Davenport High School, Bruning-Davenport Middle School, Cross County, Doniphan-Trumbull, Exeter-Milligan, Fillmore Central, and Sutton. All kids in attendance grew their leadership skills by “Shoot for the Moon with FCCLA.”
Chapters were welcomed to the conference by the District #4 Officers, followed by the presentation of the Colors by Bruning-Davenport Middle School Chapter. A keynote presentation was created by the Technology Officer- Mallory Jensen (Cross County). This keynote featured the FCCLA Chapters within District #4 and their chapter highlights. Chapters also displayed past STAR projects and Chapter “Shout Out” boards.
Our State and PEER Education Officers from Kearney and Elm Creek Chapters also welcomed the FCCLA members.
As a group, we heard from the keynote speaker Stephanie Olsen from The Set Me Free Project. She spoke about the dangers of human trafficking and how to stop trafficking before it starts. With humor, engagement, and fun, Stephanie will discuss the importance of healthy relationships vs. unhealthy relationships, how to know the difference between a trustworthy person and a predator, the tricks of a trafficker, and how to stay safe on social media. Our goal is that everyone who hears a presentation from the Set Me Free Project walks away knowing how to protect themselves from the dangers of sex trafficking.
Each member attended 1 breakout session and 2 mini sessions, these sessions were designed to help build leadership skills. Sessions included: Handwriting Analysis Specialist, Promoting Healthy Lifestyles, PEER Ed and State Officer, Dancing, Relay for Life, Nebraska Extension, MADD, Banking/Savings, STAR Projects, Culinary Arts Tour, and more about Human Trafficking.
The last session of the day, the District Officers and other members came out of their comfort zone to do lip sync and dance off with other chapters. This involved leadership and communication skills.
District #4 Officers for the 2016 – 2017 conducted the opening and closing ceremonies, and those officers were: President Hannah Horne (Exeter-Milligan), Vice-President Sera Johnson (Bruning-Davenport HS), Secretary/Treasurer Madison Bonin (Fillmore Central) Public Relations Derek Domeier (Bruning-Davenport MS) VP of Recreation Maddie Fitch (Doniphan-Trumbull), VP of Media/Tech/Historian Mallory Jensen (Cross County), VP of STAR Karis Andres (Sutton). The District #4 Adviser is Alicia Hoffman from the Bruning-Davenport Middle/High School Chapter.
Pictured is the E-M FCCLA Chapter:
Front – Jozie Kanode, Rebecca Krupicka, Cameran Jansky, Kayla Geiger, Anna Sluka, Kiah Songster, Maddie Luzum, Cammie Harrison, Georgia Meyer, Daisy Kanode
Middle: Katelyn Babula, Macy Due, Janey Erdkamp, Kaitlyn Vavra, Jaiden Papik, Hannah Horne, Katie Mounce, Briana Capek, Sophia Gilliam,
Back – Kayla Bonds, Tara Mueller, Alexis Uldrich, Kelsey Bigelow, Josie Kresak, Kate Jansky, Emma Olsen, Caitlin Murphy, and Natalie Staskal