Glenbrook South joined more than 7,500 FCCLA student leaders, members and advisers at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., June 28 through July 2 to participate in the annual FCCLA National Leadership Conference.
FCCLA stands for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. The conference provided GBS students opportunities to come together for energized learning while listening to inspiring speakers, expanding leadership skills, sharpening talents and exploring career pathways. The theme of this year’s conference was “Inspired by FCCLA,” which encouraged attendees to make the right choices and commit themselves to making a positive impact within their families, schools, FCCLA and communities.
“The relationships developed and training experienced during this conference has empowered students to go into their schools and communities and make a difference, bringing with them the values and passions FCCLA brings to our members,” said Sandy Spavone, FCCLA executive director.
GBS students Mia Pitzaferro and Rachel Lugo earned silver medals and placed fourth in the nation in the Culinary Arts competition. Dana Steffen received a gold medal in sports nutrition and the top score in the Central Division. Rebecca Lim also earned a gold medal in Life Event Planning, and Madi Catarello a silver medal in Early Childhood Occupation.
Steffen, a junior, said FCCLA has given her the opportunity to discover a passion that she hopes to pursue as a future career.
“Initially I was nervous to join this club, as it is far outside of my comfort zone,” she said. “This club has allowed me to gain an immense amount of pride in myself and my school, all while allowing me to contribute to my community. FCCLA continues to be a highlight of my high school career, and I am grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities it brings to me and many others.”