The 2019 "Believe in Yourself" FCCLA National Leadership Conference drew over 8,700 people to Anaheim, California last week, and four members of the Royal Valley chapter were among those who attended. They were accompanied by sponsor Monique Litherland and Jennifer Mahmoud.
Josslyn Coulter and Alyssa Carlisle created a video about digital citizenship last winter. In order to even go to Anaheim, their video and presentation had to rank in the top 15 in the nation. Josslyn and Alyssa did qualify in the top 15, so off they went to Anaheim. Once there, they presented their information to a panel of judges and then had to wait two days for their results.
The time spent waiting was well worth it! They received a gold medal and 5th place in the entire nation!
Alyssa reflected, "When they read the results, I was just so proud of what we did and how we placed. I also felt relieved because I had been so anxious to see how we did! I think the video
itself was the best part of our project because it’s such an easy and convenient way to share what you want people to know."
Josslyn added, "I was so happy because we put a lot of work into our project, and I was
glad to see that it was gold medal worthy. Our project was fun to create, and I hope that the people that watch it think about the way that act online and do things to become a better digital citizen."
Lindsey Bowden and Janine Gustafson presented their workshop called Fitbits for Fitness to over 400 FCCLA members and a few parent sponsors. They presented in three separate sessions.
Janine explained, "We presented on Power of One and how to use Fitbits to complete all five units. The units are A Better You, Family Ties, Take the Lead, Working on Working and Speak Out for FCCLA. We also taught S.M.A.R.T goals and did a break out box activity.
"It was scary at first to talk in front of a large group. This was my first time talking in front of that big of a group. In the end I really enjoyed it and would love to continue talking in front of people.
"My favorite part of nationals was meeting new people and seeing people from other states. I met a girl from Puerto Rico. She didn’t speak English. I enjoyed being able to use what I learned in Spanish class to communicate!"
Lindsey commented, "It felt good to present one last time. I have presented to large groups many times, so I wasn’t nervous at all!
Looking back over her four years in FCCLA, Lindsey concluded, "The last 4 years with FCCLA are ones that I will cherish forever and have learned so much from. It shaped me into the confident person that I am today and was my constant driving force through some of my toughest days. Serving the state of Kansas for my last year was unforgettable and I’m so grateful for my experiences!"
Mrs. Litherland summed up the week. "Nationals is such a great culminating conference to celebrate our successes. It is an honor to work with such creative and goal-driven students. Knowing I have had a hand in providing opportunities for students to grow and mature to reach their potential and help enhance their public speaking, teamwork and leadership skills is so heart-warming. Watching students grow and develop from being shy and withdrawn freshmen to self-confident leaders in four years is truly what inspires me to continue teaching. I can see the fruits of my labor in helping to make a difference in this world, one student at a time."