Four Wadena-Deer Creek FCCLA chapter officers participated in MN FCCLA Legislative Shadow Day on Feb. 19 at the MN State Capitol in St. Paul.

Angela LeComte, Mikayla Varela, Morgan Grangruth, and Elliot Doyle were paired with lawmakers for the afternoon. Elliot shadowed Senator Torrie Westrom, Angela and Morgan shadowed Representative John Huot, and Mikayla shadowed Senator Justin Eichorn.

The event is designed to help students understand careers and roles of public officials and to experience the Career Connections National FCCLA Program. It was the members’ goal to talk about their own experiences, opportunities, and what the organization has done for them.

The students said: “In observing the legislators, one needs to be a good listener, participate in public speaking, organizational skills, time management and teamwork.” Some commented that their favorite part of the day was: “Listening to bills being presented,” “Learning about what goes on day-to-day,” and “Being able to experience a wide variety of meetings.”

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 over 175,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members, and it’s the only career and technical in-school student organization with a central focus on careers that support families. Participation in national FCCLA programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.