FCCLA attends Disctrict meeting
submitted photoFront row, left to right: Paola Murillo, Andrea Rivera, Vannesa Bueso, Kailey Bak, Adrian Van Der Zwaag, Perla Muro, and Gracie Rens. Middle row, left to right: Jadilyn Vargas, Rylee Bakker, Madison Aldrich, Elizabeth Fettes, Alyssa Renken, and Leah Rehder. Back row, left to right: Amanda DeBoom and Sydney Smith.
FCCLA stands for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, and West Sioux’s chapter attended a District meeting at Hinton High School on November 1st.
Mrs. Elizabeth Fettes runs this program at West Sioux. She started the FCCLA program about five years ago. Students are definitely benefiting from being part of this group.
Vannesa Bueso has been in FCCLA for three years. She said, “I decided to join because my friends told me about it, and when I went to my first activity, I had a lot of fun and bonded with my friends and the group so I decided to continue with it. I’ve been able to learn so much about leadership, and I’ve been able to practice public speaking and my presentation skills more than I could with presentations in class. I’ve been given the opportunity to speak in front of our District and was lucky enough to be voted as District Secretary. I plan on doing STAR events in event planning with a group. We’re planning on preparing a wedding or vacation. I’ve been able to make friends with many others through our District and State meetings. We’ve been able to bond through our mutual drive to succeed and learn to be better leaders.”
At the District meeting, they broke up into groups and held leadership activities. The students got to meet with different kids from the District and talk too.
Students will attend competitions like District Star Events, State Star Events, and then there is a State meeting where all of Iowa’s FCCLA chapters come together.
Kailey Bak said, “This is my first year in FCCLA. I joined FCCLA because it sounded fun and a lot of my friends were in it. It can teach me how to be a leader and get involved in the community more.”
Fettes was asked if there were scholarships for FCCLA and she said, “You could earn scholarships for child development, fashion design, culinary arts and lots of other different ones.”
Jadilyn Vargas said, “I’ve been in FCCLA since 8th grade so three years. I decided to join FCCLA after my friend told me about how her older brother was in it, and they did fun things. I decided to go to the meeting, and it was really fun. I’ve developed career skills and a personal leadership style. I am interested in doing a STAR project this year, but I still haven’t decided what topic I will do it on.”
It is very easy to become a member. Students just need to talk to Mrs. Fettes and pay $20 to join. They periodically have meetings during homeroom.
Leah Rehder said, “I have been in FCCLA for three years now. It seemed like a good way to make new friends and to get involved in the community. I learned that no matter what age you are you can be a leader. At the District meeting, we got to meet a lot of new people and make new friends. While we were there, we had a blast having fun with games and singing along to songs. My favorite part of the whole day was at the end. It just felt like we were one big family, and we could trust one another to help us in the future or anytime we needed to talk.”
West Sioux FCCLA members are being challenged to improve their leadership and public speaking skills. These are important skills that they will continue to use in their adult lives.