Elkin student gains leadership at FCCLA training in D.C.

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October 4, 2013

Ellie Hooper, a student at Elkin High School, in Elkin, NC, recently returned from the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) Capitol Leadership, held September 29- October 2, in Washington, D.C.

Ellie is a member of FCCLA and serves as the North Carolina State President. Ellie had the opportunity to participate in the Expert Advocate concentration of the FCCLA Leadership Academy. This powerful leadership development program focuses on networking, professionalism, public relations, strategic planning, advocacy and more. Capitol Leadership attendees also had the opportunity to participate in a service learning project in Washington, D.C.

In addition, all participants of Capitol Leadership visited their Congressional representatives to discuss the importance of funding Career and Technical Education through the Carl D. Perkins Act to support areas such as nutrition education in schools. Ellie went to Capitol Hill and met with Virginia Foxx representatives.

While attending this conference, Ellie and her adviser Kali Teague were in Washington DC during the government shutdown. While only one of their Capitol Hill appointments were able to proceed, Ellie and her adviser were able to meet with the many WWII Veterans who were in DC to visit their memorial. Discussing the veterans’ service to our country, and the purposes of our student organization was a once in a lifetime opportunity! Ellie was able to network with many other youth leaders from across the nation. When asked about her experience Ellie responded, “being on Capitol Hill, advocating for Career and Technical Education (CTE) is something I was extremely proud to do. CTE enables students to gain real life skills used after their days at Elkin High School have ended – Whether it’s straight to the job force, or studying at a college or university. Serving as the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America State President, as well as being a student at Elkin High School have enabled me to put my leadership abilities into action. Some people dream of success while others wake up and work for it. Preparation for the future starts now, and I encourage student leaders all across the country to pursue, advocate, and work towards something they are passionate about.”

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience 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 200,000 members and more than 5,500 chapters from 50 state associations and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.