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Mustang High School FCCLA Attended National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA June 30-July 4

Anaheim, CA, July 2019 – Mustang High School FCCLA was represented at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) largest National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California June 30-July 4. Becca Pegram, Makenzie Scott, and Lillie Putman from Mustang HS FCCLA, along with more than 8,700 attendees gathered together to listen to inspiring speakers, expand leadership skills, sharpen talents, and explore career pathways.

This year’s conference theme encouraged participants to “Believe in Yourself” through competing in Competitive Events, gathering to hear expert speakers, attending leadership sessions, gaining valuable skills to use within their homes, schools, and communities, and continuing to make a positive impact within their families, communities, and careers. Attendees also had the opportunity to engage with Red Talks, learn about potential career and college opportunities at the EXPO, participate in the Run4Red 5K where proceeds benefited a local charity in California, and interact with leaders from across the nation.

Over 4,700 FCCLA members competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events at NLC. STAR Events are competitive events in which members are recognized for their proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. Both youth and adults work together in managing the events and serving as evaluators of the participants. Students develop real world skills participating in STAR Events addressing issues of teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues, career exploration, and so much more.

STAR Events aim to support student development of knowledge and skills by enhancing the classroom experience and career pathway initiatives by equipping students with employable skills and industry insights needed to thrive in the 21st century. FCCLA members choose what STAR Event they would like to compete in, events vary from Early Childhood Education, Entrepreneurship, and Sports Nutrition to Fashion Design, Job Interview, and Culinary Arts.

In order to advance to the national level in a STAR Event, members first compete at and place first or second at the district, region, and state level. Becca Pegram competed in the Job Interview competition at FCCLA’s National Leadership Conference and received a silver medal in the Senior division event. When asked what she learned from competing in STAR Events during her involvement in FCCLA, Becca said, “I wouldn’t have fully gotten the FCCLA experience if it weren’t for my participation in STAR Events. Each competition tested different leadership skills and has prepared me for a more successful future.”

Becca graduated from Mustang HS in May. Reflecting on her experience as a FCCLA member throughout high school she said, “FCCLA has enhanced my leadership skills to a whole new level. I will forever be grateful for the many skills and friendships that I have acquired through FCCLA, which will last a lifetime.”

During the conference, over 700 FCCLA members in 9th through 12th grade took part in FranklinCovey FCCLA Leadership Academy at FCCLA’s National Leadership Conference. Makenzie Scott and Lillie Putman from Mustang HS FCCLA participated in the Leadership Academy program at NLC. FranklinCovey FCCLA’s Leadership Academy offers curated lessons to students by grade level and is specific to relevant lessons in life, career, and college readiness.

FranklinCovey FCCLA Leadership Academy uses the FranklinCovey Leader in Me curriculum to empower students to further develop their leadership skills and self-confidence while learning side-by-side with peers from across the country. This in-depth training at FCCLA’s National Leadership Conference equips students with leadership and life skills they need to excel in the 21st century.

Lillie Putman reflected on her experience at FCCLA’s National Leadership Conference and Leadership Academy by saying, “At the leadership academy I learned so much about improving myself and my leadership skills. I loved seeing so many FCCLA members from all over the United States.”

When asked about her experience at NLC, Makenzie Scott said, “Leadership Academy was informational and inspiring, not only did I learn a lot about being a leader, but I was able to meet amazing people from all over America. I’m excited to bring the things I learned to my FCCLA officer team. I was blessed to have the opportunity to go to FCCLA National Leadership Conference and I’m excited for this upcoming year as Mustang High School FCCLA VP of STAR Events.”

Next year FCCLA will host its 75th National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., July 5-9. To learn more about how you can get involve as a student, sponsor, or supporter, contact Karen Woodard at Mustang High School.


Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (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.

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.

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