FCCLA Members Attend District Leadership Conference


75 students from various Nebraska Panhandle schools recently participated in the Nebraska Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America District 12 District Leadership Conference. This annual event was held at Western Nebraska Community College and featured various speakers and sessions for FCCLA members and advisors to experience.

This year, the District 12 FCCLA Officer Team spent many hours preparing for this annual conference. The Officer Team was in charge of organizing sessions and booking speakers that they thought would educate and entertain local members. Wynne Burg and Carrie Howton were two local individuals that hosted sessions which informed members on various topics such as making a difference in your community and solidifying college decisions. FCCLA’s SPOT Officers Ann Ryan and Emily McCune along with State VP of Public Relations Ashlyn Simonson spoke to local members on how to make the most out of their FCCLA membership. District 12 Officers Jena Spady, Kenzie Pourier, Kalli Bridge, and Madisen Meek took time to create a session that helped members elevate their STAR projects.

This year’s keynote speaker was Jeff Fielder, owner/ editor of Nspire Today! magazine. Fielder shared with the members the importance of taking risks. He explained his inspiration for making a new magazine publication and how he decided to take the risk to do something he had always dreamed of.

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. Nebraska FCCLA has more than 2,500 members in 100 chapters across the state. For more information about FCCLA, please visit