Wentzville School District Seniors Shine at State Leadership Conference

Award Winners at FCCLA Conference
Photo courtesy Wentzville School District

Students from Holt, Liberty, and Timberland high schools competed at the 71st annual Missouri FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) State Leadership Conference held March 19-21 at Tan Tara Resort in Osage Beach, MO.

More than 1,600 high school students from across Missouri attended the conference which is planned by student leaders and features speakers, workshops and competitions for FCCLA members. This year’s theme was “Channel Into Leadership.” The conference featured speakers and workshops on topics such as preparing for college and careers, leadership skills, anti-bullying programs, and technology’s impact in education, careers, and on the family.

In addition to leadership training, honors and recognition, more than 720 students participated in 30 competitive events, including Early Childhood Education, Entrepreneurship, Culinary Arts, Fashion Design, Career Investigation, Chapter Service Projects and Sports Nutrition.

Wentzville School District students who received awards at the State Conference include:

  • Holt juniors Alejandro Anchondo-Sakoda, Paige Eller, and Cassie Nichols earned Gold in Advocacy
  • Holt senior Lizz Miller earned Gold in Entrepreneurship
  • Liberty junior Claire Roberts earned Silver in Leadership
  • Timberland freshman Hannah Kuhlman earned Gold in Sports Nutrition
  • Holt seniors Bailey Hoenig, Tifphany Hughes, and Lacey Ball earned Silver in Culinary Arts
  • Holt sophomores Megan Wood, Kaleigh Westerhold, and Sarah Marquart earned Silver in Focus on Children
  • Holt sophomore Madison Heisler earned Bronze in Illustrated Talk

Holt FCCLA Advisors include Lori Krug and Kimberly Voss, Liberty students work with advisors Sandy Pizzo and Sarah Genenbacher, and Timberland students work with advisors Teresa Durbala, Cherie Boren, and Jennifer Caimi. FCCLA is a national student organization that promotes personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education. Missouri FCCLA is the fifth largest in the nation with over 9,800 members in 320 chapters across the state.