Pine Island FCCLA members attend leadership conventions

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Julianne O’Reilly and Amanda Hildenbrandt at leadership camp.

PINE ISLAND – It has been a busy summer for Pine Island FCCLA participating in national and state FCCLA events. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), gathered in San Antonio, Texas, July 6-10 for the 2014 National Leadership Conference.   Kelly Leibold and advisor Margie Berg were part of excitement.  This year’s conference was themed “Soar” and challenged members to reach for the sky and soar to new heights. FCCLA members nationwide attended outstanding workshops, took part in a variety of competitive events, visited vendor exhibits, and explored the many “must see” sites of San Antonio.

Leibold, the daughter of Samantha Leibold, participated in the STAR events competition and received a gold medal in the Leadership category. Her event included the evaluation and development of her leadership skills along with mentoring a young person in the area of leadership.  Leibold served as the Minnesota State FCCLA Vice President of Public Relations during the 2013-2014 school year.  During that year she had the opportunity to develop her leadership skills through the work and travel that she did.   Kelly chose to mentor her younger sister, Kaitlyn. Her medal was presented at a recognition session honoring all participants. 

July 29-31 Amanda Hilden-brandt and Julianne O’Reilly, along with their advisor, Margie Berg attended leadership camp at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph.  This year’s camp theme was “FCCLA Super Heroes” where youth leaders from all over state worked together to develop their leadership skills by participating in a variety of activities, giving presentations and listening to presentations. During the three-day event the members had the opportunity to set personal goals, meet members from all over the state and begin planning region events for the coming year.  

Hildebrandt will serve as the 2014-15 Region I Vice President.  She will help plan and run region events during the year.  She will also be responsible for helping to coordinate the STAR events national program on the regional level. O’Reilly will serve on the 2014-2015 Junior High Council.  She will be a voice for the junior high members in the area.  She is also responsible for coordinating the national program “Stop the Violence.”  They are both excited about the coming year and look forward to providing leadership for Region 1 FCCLA.



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