440 FCCLA members and advisers from across the state attended the FCCLA Peer Education Conference in Kearney at the Holiday Inn on Monday, February 28.
"Small Changes, Big Impact" was the theme for the conference that was planned and led by members of the State Peer Officer Team.
During the opening session, members of the State Peer Officer Team were introduced and shared information about their National Programs.
Finalists for the Family Leader, Career Leader, and Community Leader State Peer Officer Team were recognized. Chapters that participated in the Family Leader, Career Leader, and Community Leader Outreach projects were introduced. The Capture the Action Awards and trophies were presented to chapters.
Wakefield FCCLA Chapter had seven members attend including; Gaby Arriaza, Andrea Lopez, Jamila Al-Kahaji, Hannah Armitage, Yarexy Lopez, Maritza Ibarra, and Ashlyn Vazquez.
Andrea Lopez represented the Nebraska FCCLA State Peer Officer Team; Family Leader Team and Ashlyn Vazquez was announced as a finalist for the State Peer Officer Team; Community Leader Team. She will take a knowledge test, interview, and present a speech at State FCCLA in April.
The keynote speaker for the conference was Maile Ilac Boeder from The Leadership Center in Aurora. Her powerful presentation kept members active and engaged. Other session presenters at the conference were Shannon Olberding of Atkinson, who spoke about Body Positivity/Mental and Physical Health, Vanessa Parra who shared her message on Abusive Relationships. Members of the Overall SPOT Council Leonardo Luna Duran, Troia Drey and Annie Corkle led a session, as well.
This year's Small Changes, Big Impact Conference Outreach Project asked chapters to donate items to benefit the S.A.F.E. Center and Compass in Kearney. Chapters brought 637 items that were presented to representatives from each of those agencies during the closing session.