By Michael L. Benjamin, National Executive Director
On behalf of the FCCLA staff, I appreciate and thank you for your support as we celebrate the beauty of this season and transition from the National Cluster Meetings (NCM) to preparation for our 2013 National Leadership Conference in Nashville. Speaking of the Cluster Meetings, here’s a brief update and I thank all four thousand nine hundred total students who participated at the 2012 National Cluster Meetings: 357 in Reno, 1,895 in Indianapolis and 2,648 in Oklahoma City.
With respect to the Skill Demonstration Events held during the Clusters, students from Colorado, Nevada, Indiana and Oklahoma placed first in Culinary Chicken Fabrication; Nevada, Wisconsin, Ohio and Missouri placed first in Culinary Food Art; Nevada, Ohio and Oklahoma placed first in Culinary Knife Skills; New Jersey, Ohio and Kansas placed first in FCCLA Creed Speaking & Interpretation; Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, placed first in Impromptu Speaking; Washington, Nevada, Ohio, Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas placed first in Toys that Teach. Congratulations to all who competed and for a complete list of competitors, go the FCCLA Website.
Regarding the Family and Consumer Sciences Knowledge Bowl, fifteen chapters representing 11 states made it to the National Leadership Conference (Level 3) qualifiers: Idaho, Indiana (2), Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio (2), Oklahoma (3), Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. Congratulations to these teams and we look forward to the competition in July.