Bangs FCCLA joined more than 7,500 FCCLA student leaders, members, and advisers at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta June 28 – July 2 to participate in the annual FCCLA National Leadership Conference (NLC).

The conference provided Bangs FCCLA students with opportunities for energizing learning while listening to inspiring speakers, expanding leadership skills, sharpening talents, and exploring career pathways. The theme of this year’s conference was “Inspired by FCCLA”, which inspired attendees to make the right choices and commit themselves to making a positive impact within their families, schools, FCCLA, and communities.

"Our National Leadership Conference was a great success this year, with a record-setting attendance of over 7,500 members, advisers, partners and guests. During the past week, thousands of students came together to realize their full potential through competition, career training, and workshops. The relationships developed and training experienced during this conference have empowered students to go into their schools and communities and make a difference, bringing with them the values and passions FCCLA brings to our members," said Sandy Spavone, executive director of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

Marina Nichols and Alek Mendoza competed in two of the 32 Family and Consumer Sciences related competitive events offered at NLC, including STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events. There were over 4,500 STAR event participants. Marina secured a gold medal with her “Cocozil” Food Innovations Project, while Alek acquired a silver medal with his “Spanish Project” in the Teach and Train category. Both of these events support foundational, leadership, and workplace skills.

Madi Carpenter served as one of the 85 eligible Texas Delegates at the National Conference. Kayleah Hall gathered additional leadership skills serving as one of 13 Texas Voting Delegates and participating as one of 19 in the National Fashion Show. Madi and Kayleah are Region II Officers.


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 more than 160,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 49 state associations, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members, and it’s the only career and technical in-school student organization with a central focus on family. Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in families, careers, and communities.