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JHS students develop leadership skills at national conference in Texas
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members and Johnson High School students Alexis Gibboney, Yisumi Ramirez, Maricarmen Molina and Nayeli Mojica and their adviser, Mary McGovern, traveled to San Antonio, Texas, to present their FCCLA projects in July.

Four Hall County students, who are members of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, participated in the 70th annual National Leadership Conference to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Johnson High School senior Yisumi Ramirez, juniors Alexis Gibboney and Maricarmen Molina and sophomore Nayeli Mojica attended the event with more than 7,000 students, members and advisers to listen to speakers, as well as to expand their leadership skills, sharpen their talents and explore possible career pathways.

The theme of the conference was “SOAR” and attendees were challenged to go beyond what was expected and make lasting, positive impressions in their families, schools and communities.

FCCLA offered more than 30 Family and Consumer Sciences related events, also known as Students Taking Action with Recognition events. Events included culinary arts, knowledge bowl, career investigation and fashion construction to name a few. Members compete at the district, state and national level. This year, more than 4,200 STAR event participants competed in San Antonio. It was the largest number of competitors at any national competition.

Yisumi Ramirez, Alexis Gibboney and Nayeli Mojica received a gold medal in the “Chapter in Review Portfolio” event. The event highlights the activities, community service projects and recognition incentives.

Maricarmen Molina created a musical storyboard for the “Digital Stories for Change” event. She received a silver medal for her video on the dangers and warning signs of eating disorders.

Other meeting highlights included:

* More than 3,600 students competed in building proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills.

* More than $85,000 was donated to Share Our Strength from FCCLA to fight childhood hunger.

* FCCLA students donated baby supplies for the on-site community service project, Operation Home front. The program builds morale by providing baby showers to service members and their growing families.

* Spotlight on Projects, where representatives from states shared successful national, state or chapter projects, were presented.

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