By Michele Rau
The Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington FCCLA along with more than 7,500 FCCLA student leaders, members, and advisers at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA June 28 – July 2 to participate in the annual FCCLA National Leadership Conference (NLC). The conference provided R-U-L-H students opportunities to come together for energizing learning experience by networking with other youth across the country. The theme of this year’s conference was “Inspired by FCCLA”, which inspired attendees to make the right choices and commit themselves to making a positive impact within their families, schools, FCCLA, and communities. The National Leadership Conference was a great success this year, with a record-setting attendance of over 7,500 members, advisers, partners and guests were in attendance at this year’s conference. Destini Stewart and Charisma Lee, from the R-U-L-H FCCLA Chapter were one of the groups of winners from the state of Ohio who participated in one of 30 Family and Consumer Sciences related competitive events offered at NLC, including STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events and the FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl. These events support foundational, leadership, and workplace skills in areas such as advocacy, culinary arts, and entrepreneurship. Competing with over 4,500 STAR Event participants in Atlanta, Destini Stewart and Charisma Lee participated in the Senior Division Food Innovation project were the developed a Vegan Free entrée from prototype formula. R-U-L-H members received a Silver rating at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), 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 education. FCCLA has more than 160,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 49 state associations, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members, and it’s the only career and technical in-school student organization with a central focus on family. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in families, careers, and communities. For more information on FCCLA, please contact Michele Rau at 937-392-4384 or Michele.email@example.com.