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A student and teacher from Nevada High School attended the annual Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Leadership Conference

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A student and a Family and Consumer Science (FCS) teacher from Nevada High School attended the annual Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference, July 5- July 10, at the Henry Gonzolas Conference Center, San Antonio, Texas. More than 350 delegates represented the state of Missouri out of 7500 people that attended this years conference.  

FCCLA member Nakell Baker, daughter of Kendall and Natalie Baker, attended the conference. Local chapter advisor and FCS teacher Carissa Bowman also attended.  

This year's student-developed conference theme was "Soar to New Horizons".  The conference featured speakers and workshops on topics such as preparing for college and careers, leadership skills, anti-bullying programs, and technology's impact in education, careers, and on the family.  In addition to leadership training, honors and recognition, students participated in 30 different competitive events, including early childhood education, entrepreneurship, culinary arts, fashion design, career investigation, service learning projects, and nutrition.  

Nakell Baker, receiving gold at the national level, competed in the career investigation category in which she researched her future career path in the psychology field. She interviewed and job shadowed local and distant psychologists along with taking personality and self- assessment tests. 

Guest speaker was Consuello Catillo-Kickbush, Army veteran from Texas.   She spoke about servant leadership. To quote Catillo-Kickbush; "Leadership is not about you. Leadership is about serving." 

Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for young men and women enrolled in family and consumer sciences education courses.  Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues.  The Missouri association ranks fifth in the nation in membership with more than 11,500 members.  There are 200,000 members across the nation. 

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