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FCCLA state office

Shanda Whitlow, a member of the Black Rock FCCLA, is serving as state parliamentarian. She and her adviser, Diana Howard, attended the FCCLA National Leadership Meeting in Florida this summer.

Shanda Whitlow, a senior at Black Rock, and her adviser, Diana Howard, were among more than 5,000 members, advisers, alumni and guests of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America who gathered in Orlando, Fla., July 11-17 for the 2008 National Leadership Meeting.

Howard serves on the Arkansas State Executive Council as an advisor.

This year's student-devised subject for the annual national meeting was "Excellence Electrified." Throughout the five-day convention, participants examined and discussed several critical issues, including family, school and community violence prevention, physical as well as financial fitness, future career exploration and countless community service projects.

A number of relevant youth issues, such as the changing roles of men and women in the home and workplace, traffic safety and cancer awareness were also explored at the meeting through presentations, workshops and youth sessions.

Whitlow, who is serving as FCCLA state parliamentarian, will continue to work with other FCCLA members and advisers in Arkansas to encourage others to discover their strengths, motivate members to target career goals and initiate a plan to ignite youth leadership in their community.

"I really enjoyed the meeting's messages and the opportunity to meet people from all over the United States," Whitlow said. "I served as a national voting delegate where I voted for the 10 national officers to be installed in the closing session."

Whitlow also completed the first phase of United States Academy training and will be traveling to Washington, D.C., in September for the second phase.

"I learned skills I will use not only for the rest of my FCCLA career but for the rest of my life," Whitlow said.

Howard served as the National Program Team adviser for Arkansas.

"She and I, along with five other students from Arkansas and others from across the nation, learned about the FCCLA programs and how to implement them in our schools," Whitlow added.

Other meeting highlights included: STAR Events, a spotlight on successful projects at the chapter, state and national levels, a "Feed the Children" event and trips to the Kennedy Space Center, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, MGM Studios and Universal Studios.

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