It was yet another golden summer for three students in Spring Lake Park High School’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America program.
As sophomores, Josh Anderson, Alex Pierce and Rick Osborne earned the right last spring – by placing first in the State FCCLA competition – to compete in the July 2013 FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn. The category was chapter service display and they aced the competition, earning a gold rating and 99 out of a possible 100 points from the judges.
The presentation, and accompanying display, chronicled the Spring Lake Park FCCLA chapter’s “Charities: Our Mission Possible” project which provided assistance to a different school or community organization or local charity each month, including the Southern Anoka County Neighborhood Center, Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department and a “don’t text and drive” pledge initiative.
The three students were also on hand in Nashville to accept the Spring Lake Park chapter’s national financial fitness plaque and $1,000 award at the closing session.
“Halfway through their high school careers, Josh, Rick and Alex have a lot of success and memorable experiences,” said FCCLA adviser Lori Henry. “At the previous summer’s 2012 FCCLA’s National Leadership Conference in Orlando, they also brought home the gold, earning a perfect 100 points for their ‘Take Action’ project in which they created multiple learning sessions with elementary-aged students around the benefits of developing healthy eating exercise habits. I couldn’t be more proud of them – or all of the other students in our chapter.”
FCCLA promotes personal growth and leadership development, focusing on skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge and career preparation.