More than 7,600 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in San Antonio for the 2014 National Leadership Conference. The conference was based on the student-originated theme “SOAR.” Christopher Freeland received a GOLD medal for his Senior Food & Wellness Competition. Erin Anderson and Canda Makuta received SILVER medals for their Junior Advocacy Competition. Since Texas served host to the event, other Bangs members qualified as scholarship recipients to work behind the scenes with some 1000 volunteers. Members and chaperones included: Taylor Francois, Graciela Fuentes, Kayleah Hall, Makayla Pena, Alissia Theriaque, Rachel Hall, Larry Fischer, Karen Fischer, Lacy Anderson and Kathryn Makuta.

FCCLA offers over 30 Family and Consumer Sciences related events, also known as STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events. These events include Culinary Arts, Knowledge Bowl, Career Investigation, and Fashion Construction to name a few. Members compete at the District, State and National level. This year, Bangs competitors were among over 4200 STAR Event participants. This was the largest number of competitors of any National STAR Events competition.

About FCCLA: Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has 220,000 members and more than 5,500 chapters from 49 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience 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 the family as its central focus. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.