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Three attend FCCLA National Convention in California

Morgan Schiller and Paige Schiller, Wadena-Deer Creek FCCLAers, and their adviser, Cindi Koll, were among more than 6,300 nationwide members, advisers, alumni, and guests of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), gathered in Anaheim, Calif. July 10-14 for the 2011 National Leadership Conference.

This year's student-originated theme for the annual national meeting was Imagination in Action.

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, leadership and obesity prevention were also explored at the meeting through presentations, workshops and youth sessions.

Morgan competed in the Chapter Showcase Manual STAR Event where she earned a silver medal.

Morgan, Paige and Koll 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 the community.

Other meeting highlights included:

• More than 3,500 students competed in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) which are competitive events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills.

• A donation of $258,046 was presented to Children's Miracle Network from National FCCLA.

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