FCCLA looks back on successful year, despite shutdown

Marissa Briggs-Mustangs Ahead

FCCLA logo(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is one of the many LRHS clubs that has gone through the process of adjusting to operating during COVID-19.

FCCLA has an annual State Leadership Conference (SLC) every spring, in which attendees attend workshops geared towards improving leadership, meeting new friends in the process. Due to COVID-19 it was held virtually this year.

SLC is not only a time for people to develop their skills as leaders, but where students competing in Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) events compete at the state level for the chance to continue to the national competition.

LRHS senior Morgan Kirchman was FCCLA state president and had spent time planning for this year’s SLC. Switching the conference to take place online was a difficult adjustment, but the conference was still a success.

“Having the conference cancelled was devasting to me because it was something that I had prepared for two years and worked for a year to put together. It was a struggle but my team and I hosted a successful virtual ‘Amplify Your Quarantine’ conference. I am now looking forward to the National Leadership Conference that has also gone virtual,” she said.

The FCCLA chapter at the Ranch has also had to adjust to quarantine and host their events virtually. New officer elections and speeches took place over social media, and the end of year banquet was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

President junior Alise Mirikitani is still excited for what next year will bring despite COVID-19.

“Our chapter was able to gather on zoom and vote in new officers for next year, which went very well. I am so excited to see what our club will do next year, whether virtually or in person,” she said.

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