THS students take second place at FCCLA Nationals in San Diego
For the Tomahawk Leader
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – Tomahawk High School students Joe Jones and Marie Weizenicker recently took second place at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)’s National Leadership Conference in San Diego, Calif.
Every year, FCCLA members from across the country gather for the National Leadership Conference to network with fellow members, attend leadership workshops, take part in competitive events, explore career pathways and learn from industry experts.
More than 7,000 students, advisers and guests attended this year’s National Leadership Conference.
FCCLA is a national Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for students in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) education in public and private school through grade 12.
“FCCLA offers intra-curricular resources and opportunities for students to pursue careers that support families,” FCCLA’s website states. “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, more than 155,000 members from 4,253 chapters are active in a network of associations in 47 states, including Puerto Rico.
FCCLA said its work helps students and teachers focus on a variety of youth concerns, including parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, sustainability, nutrition and fitness, teen violence and career preparation in four specific Career Pathways – Human Services, Hospitality and Tourism, Education and Training, and Visual Arts and Design.
“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 stated.
A post on the School District of Tomahawk’s Facebook page said Jones’s and Weizenicker’s accomplishment would not have been possible without donations and support allowing them to attend the conference.
“It was a great experience attending the FCCLA National Leadership Conference and exploring San Diego,” the post stated.