2013-09-12 / Front Page

FCCLA Teens Discover Their Voice At National Leadership Conference

Ashlyn Hines-Lanham, left, and Cecelia Herrington Ashlyn Hines-Lanham, left, and Cecelia Herrington More than 7000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members, advisers, alumni, and guests from around the country gathered in Nashville, Tennessee, July 7-11 for the 2013 FCCLA National Leadership Conference. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education.

Ashlyn Hines-Lanham, daughter of Josh and Robin Lanham of Spencer, and Cecelia Herrington, daughter of Scott and Heather Herrington of Patricksburg, competed in Digital Stories for Change and placed third overall in the competitive event. Through the Allstate Foundation, Ashlyn and Cecelia will receive a monetary award for the Owen Valley chapter and a plaque to honor their outstanding efforts in youth traffic safety awareness.

In addition, Ashlyn and Cecelia received gold medals for their performance. When asked why did you chose to advocate for youth traffic safety, Ashlyn stated, “When looking at statistics, the number of teen driver crashes is alarming. We feel that by spreading awareness about seat belt safety we are doing our part to make the road a safer place.”

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with family as its central focus. Participation in state programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers and communities.

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