Oklahoma FCCLA students win at national conference
More than 150 Oklahoma FCCLA students competed in 91 events at the 77th FCCLA National Leadership Conference recently and brought home more than 50 contest honors, along with other awards.
Oklahoma Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, which had a delegation of 317 people, had 10 national champions, five runners-up and three third place finishers, along with 41 top 10 qualifiers.
In addition, the state chapter received an award for its membership increase. Oklahoma FCCLA broke its membership record this year with 14,700 members. State President Aubrey Phillips of Westville FCCLA accepted the membership increase award.
Alexandra Wilkins of Guthrie was one of only 20 FCCLA members to showcase an original garment in the FCCLA Fashion Show sponsored by the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
The Caney FCCLA chapter won the Middle Level Financial Fitness contest, and member Regan Morgan participated in the Say Yes to FCS signing, indicating her intent to become a family and consumer sciences educator.
“I am incredibly proud of Oklahoma FCCLA and the amazing year we had”, said Brittani Phillips, FCCLA state adviser with the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. “Our delegation showed the rest of the nation that the Oklahoma FCCLA standard is alive and well. Our name was called for numerous awards, our delegation was the most spirited, and it made everyone extremely proud to be from Oklahoma.”
Morrison FCCLA member Zeb Kelly also completed his term as national vice president of community service.
FCCLA is one of seven CareerTech student organizations affiliated with CareerTech programs. It is affiliated with family and consumer sciences education. The other six are FFA (agricultural education), DECA (marketing education), SkillsUSA (trade and industrial education), Business Professionals of America (business and information technology education), Technology Student Association (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and HOSA (health careers education).
About Oklahoma CareerTech
The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 59 campuses, 394 PK-12 school districts, 15 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities and 31 adult basic education service providers.
The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.