A Weyauwega-Fremont High School graduate was among those at this year's Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Leadership Conference.
Close to 7,000 FCCLA members, advisers, alumni and guests attended the conference July 8 to 12 in Orlando, Fla, and 2012 W-F graduate Stephanie Kempf was among them.
This year's student-originated theme for the annual meeting was "#realitycheck."
Throughout the five-day convention, participants examined and discussed several critical issues, including family, school and community violence prevention; physical and financial fitness; future career exploration; and community service projects.
Issues relevent to youth, such as the changing roles of men and women in the home and workplace, leadership and obesity prevention were also explored during presentations, workshops and youth sessions.
FCCLA is a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and addresses personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.
The organization has more than 200,000 members and more than 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Since its founding in 1945, FCCLA has involved more than 10 million youth.
FCCLA 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 leaders in their families, careers and communities. Out of 87,994 students from across the country, 55 percent of them believe FCCLA has a positive impact on their academic performance.
Kempf will continue to work the other FCCLA members and advisers in Wisconsin to encourage others to discover their strengths, motivate members to target career goals and initiate a plan to ignite youth leadership in the community.
At the national conference, she competed in Career Investigation. For it, Kempf shadowed her pastor and presented her findings.
She brought home a gold medal that was based on her knowledge of the topic and her speaking skills.
More than 3,600 students competed in Students Taking Action with Recognition, which are competitive events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills.
National FCCLA donated $37,488.71 to Share Our Strength to fight childhood hunger and collected more than 15,000 pairs of shoes to benefit Soles4Souls.
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