O'Neill FCCLA Members

Pictured (l-r): Annie Corkle, Ashley Pischel, Makenna Welke, Harleigh Claussen, Xitlaly Sanchez and Hana Miller. 

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Six members of the O’Neill FCCLA Chapter joined nearly 8,700 other members, advisors and guests at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference from June 30 to July 4 in Anaheim, CA. 

Theme of the conference was “Believe in Yourself” which members were encouraged to do throughout the conference. 

Attendees listened to speakers, attended sessions, competed in STAR competitions, gained leadership skills and met new people. 

In STAR competitions Annie Corkle received a gold medal and a perfect score for her career investigation project thus earning her a national championship. The career Corkle researched was that of a special education teacher. 

Hana Miller and Xitlaly Sanchez received a gold medal in the environmental ambassador junior division. They finished 11th in the nation. Their project involved teaching their peers about the problem of food waste including ways to reduce that waste. 

Ashley Pischel received a silver medal finishing eighth in the nation in nutrition and wellness junior division. Pischel tracked her food intake and activity levels, evaluated the results and formed a plan to make improvements. 

Makenna Welke, Nebraska state vice president, attended leadership training sessions and help lead the state meetings during the conference. 

Harleigh Claussen, public relations officer of the Nebraska Community Leader Peer Education Team, also attended leadership-training sessions. In addition she helped with the Spotlight on Projects display at the conference, explaining the peer education teams to those in attendance. 

Pischel and Corkle also took part in the Disney Youth Education Series at Disneyland. Both members attended the leadership assembly while Pischel also attended the Careers in Costuming session. 

In addition to sessions the group also took in area attractions including Disneyland, a tour of Los Angeles and a cruise at Newport Beach.

Other attendees of the conference were parent Maureen Pischel and  O’Neill FCCLA Chapter Advisor Ann Mann. 

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