Katelyn Ahlers, Jordan Beukelman and Julia Platt of the Mitchell FCCLA chapter received gold ratings competing in their first-even Virtual National Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Leadership Conference recently.

They were among 5,400 middle and high school FCCLA members and advisers from across the country who participated in the conference.

The Mitchell students earned the right to advance to the national level by winning their events at the virtual state meetings last April. Ahlers submitted her recording for Professional Presentation Level 1 speaking 10 minutes about autism. Beukelman’s Professional Presentation Level 2 was about running a lawn care business. Platt recorded her Career Investigation project portfolio with a 10-minute oral presentation about radiology.

The “Your Story” themed conference was an opportunity for Mitchell members to attend a multitude of workshops and listen to Julie Garcia - a national renowned Ted Ed speaker, spoken word poet and doctor of psychology with a motto of “Never let anyone silence the story inside you!” Garcia challenged teens to focus on what kind of person they want to be rather than what they want to be.

Gracie Geppert, who serves as the 2020-21 South Dakota State Vice President of Recognition, participated in state officer training, learned about networking opportunities, judged events and recorded state recognition sessions for the recent virtual FCCLA Leadership Conference, which was held in a virtual format for the first time this year. (Submitted Photo)
Gracie Geppert, who serves as the 2020-21 South Dakota State Vice President of Recognition, participated in state officer training, learned about networking opportunities, judged events and recorded state recognition sessions for the recent virtual FCCLA Leadership Conference, which was held in a virtual format for the first time this year. (Submitted Photo)

Gracie Geppert, who serves as the 2020-21 South Dakota Vice President of Recognition participated in the state officer training, learned about networking opportunities, judged events and recorded state recognition sessions for the conference. Other state executive council members include Shaylee Longe, Bridgewater-Emery, state president; Faithe Larson, Dell Rapids, first vice president; Remington Miklos, Custer, vice president of public relations; Breanna Roth, Redfield, vice president of programs; Kaia Heilman, Miller, vice president of membership and Lauren Murphy, West Central, junior high representative.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a national student organization with a goal to help men and women grow as youth leaders in their communities and remain strong leaders into the future. FCCLA pursues to address personal, family, work and societal issues and find solutions through family and consumer sciences education. FCCLA reaches these goals thanks to the 175,000 members that are active within the organization. Over 5,300 chapters are spread among forty-nine state associations, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience stands apart from other youth organizations because the programs and events are planned, led and carried out by members. FCCLA is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. When members participate in national programs and local chapter activities, they grow and develop into strong leaders in their families, careers and communities. The members lead in the present, and they will continue to lead into the future with help from the skills learned from FCCLA’s programs, workshops and overall curriculum.