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WDC FCCLA members go 'beyond the label' at national convention

Photo provided Whitney Meacham and Ashley Holland of Wadena-Deer Creek flank Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley representative Jackie Backer at the FCCLA national convention.1 / 2
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Whitney Meacham, Yalonda Nelson and Ashley Holland of Wadena-Deer Creek High School were among more than 5,300 nationwide members, advisers, alumni and guests at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America national convention July 12-16 in Nashville, Tenn.

This year's student-devised subject for the annual national meeting was "Beyond the Label," and throughout the five-day convention, participants examined and discussed several critical issues, including family, school and community violence prevention, physical as well as financial fitness, future career exploration and countless community service projects.

A number of relevant youth issues, such as the changing roles of men and women in the home and workplace, traffic safety, and cancer awareness were also explored at the meeting through presentations, workshops, and youth sessions.

Meacham and Nelson will continue to work with other FCCLA members and advisers in Minnesota to encourage others to discover their strengths, motivate members to target career goals, and initiate a plan to ignite youth leadership in their community.

Nelson is serves as the Minnesota FCCLA state vice president of resource development. She will be conducting workshops for both students and adults in addition to planning the 2010 Minnesota FCCLA State Conference.

As a member of the Minnesota FCCLA State Peer Ed. Team, Meacham will be working with the state and region officers to conduct workshops in Region 6 and in her local community.

Holland has plans to become part of the FCCLA Alumni Association in the coming year.

Other meeting highlights included:

• STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) which are competitive events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills.

• Spotlight on Projects where representatives from states share successful national, state, or chapter projects.

• A Feed The Children Event where attendees raise awareness regarding the youth of America living in poverty and who are forced to deal with hunger on a daily basis.

FCCLA's programs aim to enrich student learning, improve self-esteem, and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations, and cultural influences.