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Walnut Ridge High School FCCLA members Anna Bland (from left), Hannah Massey, Raelyne Massey - advisor, Ashton Lawson and Beth Massey, chapter president, mark the 65th anniversary of FCCLA.

WRHS marks FCCLA's 65th year

The Walnut Ridge High School chapter of FCCLA held a drop-in reception Sunday afternoon to mark the national organization's 65th year.

The theme for the anniversary is "65 years of leadership."

During the reception, Raelyne Massey, FCCLA advisor, and the WRHS club members displayed scrapbooks from 1948-2009 for guests to view. Cake, nuts and punch were served.

Originally called FHA

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America was originally known as Future Homemakers of America, which was founded in Chicago in 1945.

In the early 1970s, FHA incorporated occupational home economics as part of its emphasis. In 1995, in an effort to remain relevant despite changing times, family and consumer sciences became the new name of the home economics profession. In 1999, FHA was changed to FCCLA at the National Convention in Boston.

The 2010-11 FCCLA officers at WRHS are: Beth Massey, president; Katie Lewis, vice president of programs; Ashton Lawson, vice president of public relations; Jordan McQuay, secretary; Hannah Massey, treasurer; and Whitney Ward, parliamentarian.

The WRHS chapter has the distinction of having a past national president of FCCLA. Walnut Ridge native Jonathan Wichman led the organization during the 2003-04 school year and was interviewed by TIME magazine after completing his term of office. He graduated from WRHS in 2005.

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