FCCLA Builds Student Leaders
FCCLA Builds Student Leaders
Posted on 10/24/2018
Erwin High School FCCLA members work on a "flag" to represent their chapter.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

BCS student leaders took a deep dive into career and personal development Tuesday during the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) meeting at Brookstone Church in Weaverville.

BCS high- and middle-school students collaborated and networked with colleagues from around the region during the district meeting. Their tabletop work sessions covered project ideas from the national organization, how to grow and recruit for local chapters, stress management and work-life balance, and a little friendly competition to see who could design the best chapter flag. The chapters also raised money to help East Carteret High School, which is recovering from the effects of Hurricane Florence.

Much like a networking workshop for professionals, the district meeting provided an opportunity for students to branch out and share success stories. Nate Worley, a junior at Clyde A. Erwin High School, is the state FCCLA president this year, an honor last seen at Erwin High in 1980. He sees a culinary career in his future, and Erwin’s FCCLA has given him several opportunities, including the chance to create, market, and serve his own food products.

“The goal FCCLA is to strengthen the leadership of students and to help give them skills for life that they can apply to their future careers,” he said. “I like the leadership aspect of this club, leading your peers to build a stronger community.”

Skylar Wheeler, an eighth-grader at North Buncombe Middle School and member of her school’s FCCLA, also values the leadership opportunities. She’s running for a position on the state board for next year.

“I’ve always wanted to be a leader,” she said. “And this feels like the ultimate leadership experience. This club gives us information about careers, colleges, and stuff like that that you need to know. And we get to work in the community and help each other out.”

Erwin FCCLA Advisor Lacey Davis said this club, along with the many other clubs at BCS schools, give students opportunities to shape their own career paths and experience new things.

“Whatever sparks their interest,” she said. “Students have a place to belong and to help others.”
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