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Local students attend FCCLA leadership meeting in Bismarck

Several Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center students and their advisors attended the annual state leadership conference competing and recognized for their efforts. They included: Front: Marisa Pacella, Caitlyn Gourde, Amber Young-Ripplinger, Madison Gourde, Alyssa Garza, and Samara Strack; back: Danielle Jangula, Abbi Hesse, Bailey Aanenson, Aly Rohrich, Logan Ahern, Alyssa Bonderson, and Mary Anderson. Submitted photo

Youth from the Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center's chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) recently participated in the 67th Annual State Leadership Conference in Bismarck, ND, April 15-17.

Attendees participated in trainings and sessions that challenged, informed, and motivated members and their advisers to become leaders through FCCLA. Along with more than 800 other members and chapter advisers, Sheyenne's FCCLA chapter advisers, Mary Anderson and Danielle Jangula accompanied 11 members to the meeting.

The "Imagination in Action" theme was reinforced in the Opening General Session by guest speaker Grant Baldwin who inspired attendees with his motivational message, "Be A Difference Maker," and encouraged attendees to make the most of their powerful leadership potential.

The conference agenda also included specific training in FCCLA Leadership programs and participation in competitive events. Bailey Joy Aanenson and Samara Strack competed in Focus on Children with their project on Kidnap Prevention. Marissa Pacella and Aly Rohrich competed in Applied Technology with their project on ELL Web Pals. Alyssa Garza, Caitlyn Gourde, and Madison Gourde competed in Food Innovations with their creation of Charmel Fries.

All groups earned a silver star rating with the Food Innovations team advancing to the National Leadership Meeting and competition in Orlando this July. Abbigail Hesse competed in Cruisin' the Catwalk with her original headwear design. Also attending were Logan Ahern (voting delegate), Amber Young-Ripplinger (voting delegate), and Alyssa Bonderson.

Students attending the conference also participated in a variety of service learning activities to raise money for the statewide service project, Children's Miracle Network. North Dakota FCCLA members have raised over $15,000 this year in support of the Children's Miracle Network specifically Sanford's Hospital in Fargo.

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 education. FCCLA has more than 190,000 members and more than 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience 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.