Chillicothe High School, Middle School and Grand River Technical School were a part of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s National Leadership Conference.

Chillicothe High School, Middle School and Grand River Technical School (GRTS) were a part of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) largest National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 30-July 4. More than 8,700 attendees were gathered together to listen to speakers, expand leadership skills, sharpen talents and explore career pathways. Attending were members Annsley Christy, Julian Hughes and Olivia Lamp. Adviser Kristi Christy and GRTS Director, Jayme Caughron, also attended.

This year’s conference theme encouraged participants to “Believe in Yourself” through competing in competitive events, running for office, partaking in Leadership Academy, and continue to make a positive impact within their families, communities and careers. Attendees also had the opportunity to engage with Red Talks, attend the Ford Driving Skills for Life event, learn about potential career and college opportunities at the EXPO, and interact with leaders from across the nation.

“It is always inspiring to watch so many young leaders come together and realize their full potential through competition, career training, and leadership workshops,” said Sandy Spavone, Executive Director of FCCLA. “This National Leadership Conference was a great success thanks to the National Board of Directors, National Staff, National Executive Council and their advisers, as well as the students, advisers, and organization’s supporters.”

During the conference, Julian Hughes competed in the Recycle and Redesign Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) event. She earned a gold medal and ranked 2nd out of 25 in her event. Hughes also participated in the Disney Careers in Costuming tour. Olivia Lamp severed as room consultant for the Life Event Planning STAR Event, Kristi Christy served as an adult room consultant for National Programs in Action junior, and Jayme Caughron served as an evaluator for the Entrepreneurship STAR Event.

During the closing general session, GRTS Director Caughron received the FCCLA National Outstanding Administrator award for her continued support of FCCLA. The FCCLA members in the new GRTS Hospitality Tourism Management Program taught by Janice Shaffer, created a video about Caughron that played while she received her award.