FCCLA members bring home gold


Madisonville FCCLA Chapters participated in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, June 30 – July 4. More than 8,700 members gathered to expand leadership skills, sharpen talents, explore career pathways, and listen to inspiring speakers.

This year’s conference theme encouraged participants to “Believe in Yourself” through competing in Competitive Events, running for office, and participating in the Leadership Academy, while continuing to make a positive impact on their families, communities and careers. Members had the opportunity to network with other members across the nation, attend the Ford Driving Skills for Life Event, and learn about potential career and college opportunities at the Leadership EXPO. Executive Director, Sandy Spavone, stated, “It is always inspiring to watch so many young leaders come together and realize their full potential through competition, career training and leadership workshops”.

Students attending and competing from Madisonville FCCLA were Junior Madison Murray Jackson and Sophomore Frank Emmite. Murray Jackson and Emmite represented Texas by competing in the competitive event, Food Innovations, where they crafted a decadent chocolate tart. They were awarded gold medals and placed tenth in the nation for their project, “A Little Slice of Heaven”. Their advisor, Patti Garrett, Culinary Arts Teacher at MHS, accompanied and advised them with their project. Texas State officer, Alyssa Nail and Region IV officer, Ashley Sauceto, also attended the conference where they learned skills they will use in their roles as State and Regional Officers. They were accompanied by their advisors, Linda Clinton and Cindy Kyle.

FCCLA 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.