On Wednesday, October 24, thirty Bloomfield FCCLA members attended the District 8 Leadership Conference at the Lifelong Learning Center on the Northeast Community College Campus. The conference was hosted by the Pierce chapter. They joined nine other schools from District 8. This year’s theme was “Branch Out Into FCCLA.”
The morning started with the posting of the colors and the National Anthem sung by Angel Qualset of Elkhorn Valley. Members were welcomed by Sydney Erickson, the president of the Pierce chapter. Members of the SOT and SPOT teams were introduced with updates from the state level given by each team member. Installation of the 2018-19 District 8 officers was then held. Selena Graber was installed as the District 8 Vice President of National Programs.
The Keynote Speaker was Stephanie Olson, the CEO/President of the Set Me Free Project. She spoke to the students about human trafficking prevention and social media safety. Students then attended breakout sessions, including Culinary Arts, Jazzercise, Game and Parks Career Education, Corps of Engineers & Forestry Services, Say Yes to FCS, SPOT Focus, a community service session and tours in nursing, media arts and early childhood education.
During the conference, freshmen from each school could compete in the Creed Speaking competition. Members are to recite the FCCLA Creed from memory and then give a speech on what the creed means to them. Alexandra Eisenhauer placed first in the competition.
They day ended with door prizces and a basket raffle. As the Bloomfield members were leaving the conference, they stopped by the Norfolk Veteran’s Home to deliver the community service project of door hangers to the Veterans for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Bloomfield FCCLA members enjoyed a fun-filled day at the conference.