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Students participating in the state leadership convention included, from, left to right: Karlee Phillips, Marian Ahmed, Emily Olson, Megan Jochim, McKayla Baxley, Suleyqa Hamza, and Sahra Sharif-Hassan.

Hundreds of teens go beyond the label at leadership convention

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More than 700 statewide members, advisers, alumni, and guests of FCCLA; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, gathered at the Ramkota Inn in Bismarck, April 11-13 for the 2010 State Leadership Convention. Marian Ahmed, McKayla Baxley, Suleyqa Hamza, Megan Jochim, Emily Olson, Karlee Phillips, and Sahra Sharif-Hassan from West Fargo's Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center were among them.

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This year's student-devised subject for the annual state convention was "Beyond the Label," and throughout the three-day convention, participants examined and discussed several critical issues, including the changing roles of men and women in the home and workplace, personal health and fitness, developing personal leadership skills, physical as well as financial fitness, cancer awareness, future career exploration and community service.

West Fargo FCCLA will continue to work with local FCCLA members to encourage others to discover their strengths, motivate members to target career goals, and initiate a plan to ignite youth leadership in their community.

STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) which are competitive events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills was also an integral part of the convention program.

McKayla Baxley, Megan Jochim, and Emily Olson received a silver rating in their STAR event, "Promote and Publicize" and earned the opportunity to advance to national competition. Megan and substitute, Karlee Phillips, will travel to Chicago to attend the National FCCLA Convention from June 2-8. Marian Ahmed, Suleyqa Hamza, and Sahra Sharif-Hassan received a bronze rating in their STAR event, "National Programs in Action: Families First," where they taught fellow students about their African culture. Megan and Karlee performed the duties of voting delegates at the conference.

Special activities were held on the campus of University of Mary to raise awareness for the 2009-2010 statewide service project to raise money for Children's Miracle Network. West Fargo FCCLA contributed $100 to the state service project. To date North Dakota FCCLA has raised $12,890.85 for this cause.

FCCLA's advantageous programs enrich student learning, improve self-esteem, and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations, and cultural influences. FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience 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 220,000 members and nearly 7,000 chapters from 50 state associations and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.

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