NBAHS FCCLA sends four to nationals

Back Row: Hannah Nagle, Maddie Peterson, Bethany Kennedy, Jaeden Bannister, Taylor Perrin, Michaela Egan, Taylor Cheever, Cassie Sinn, Teressa Braun
Front Row: Riley SanNicolas, Cheyenne Tuseth, Megan Kennedy, Maddie Peterson, Katie Nagle, Brooke Clark. From left: Megan Kennedy, Taylor Perrin, Hannah Nagle, Bethany Kennedy.
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Back Row: Hannah Nagle, Maddie Peterson, Bethany Kennedy, Jaeden Bannister, Taylor Perrin, Michaela Egan, Taylor Cheever, Cassie Sinn, Teressa Braun Front Row: Riley SanNicolas, Cheyenne Tuseth, Megan Kennedy, Maddie Peterson, Katie Nagle, Brooke Clark.

Students from North Branch Area High School’s FCCLA chapter learned skills and knowledge to become a better community member, wage earner or leaders by attending the Minnesota Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America State Conference in Bloomington March 23-25. More than 1,100 middle and high school students attended from throughout the state. This year’s theme was “Dare to Explore FCCLA.” Chapters from schools across the state competed in STAR events, participated in youth training workshops, and took part in general sessions led by student officers.
NBAHS students that qualified for state include: Michaela Egan, Brooke Clark, Jaeden Bannister, Cheyenne Tuseth, Maddie Peterson, Riley SanNicolas, Taylor Perrin, Katie Nagle, Hannah Nagle, Bethany Kennedy, Megan Kennedy and Teressa Braun. Of the 1100 students who competed at state, NBAHS qualified two students, Taylor Perrin and Hannah Nagle, who will represent North Branch and Minnesota at Nationals in Nashville July 2-6. Bethany and Megan Kennedy have qualified as first alternates in their category. The chapter’s adviser is Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Nicole Chandler.
Students competed in more than 58 different categories through STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events. They gave presentations that were evaluated by business and industry professionals and also peer reviewed projects they had organized and executed in the past year. They competed with these projects at the regional level and scored high enough to advance to the state competition. Projects covered a wide scope of current issues including bullying, childcare, positive social interactions, relationships, traffic safety, environmental issues, proper attire for interviews and many more.
This July, FCCLA members from across the country will gather in Nashville for the National Leadership Conference to network with fellow members, attend FCCLA program workshops, leadership sessions and take part in competitive events. This is an amazing opportunity to explore the Unlimited Possibilities of FCCLA in the music city, Nashville. This is North Branch FCCLA’s first year qualifying students for National competition. Those attending are deeply grateful of the community members who supported students financially and made the trip possible.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America 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 Sciences
Family Career Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national Career and Technical Student Organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private school through grade 12. Everyone is part of a family, and FCCLA is the only national Career and Technical Student Organization with the family as its central focus. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.
Today over 160,000 members in more than 5,400 chapters are active in a network of associations in 47 states, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, teen violence, and career exploration. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life — planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication — necessary in the home and workplace.
FCCLA’s mission is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of 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.

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