24 local youth leaders represent Page County at FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Denver


~ Press release provided by Page County Public Schools

DENVER, CO, July 2-6 — Twenty-four Page County youth leaders in FCCLA proudly represented their schools and community at the highly anticipated FCCLA National Leadership Conference (NLC) held at the Colorado Convention Center from July 2-6. This annual event brought together more than 7,900 passionate Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) student members, advisers, and guests.

The conference provided chapter members with a wealth of incredible opportunities, including attending inspiring speaker sessions, engaging in youth workshops, competing on a national level, and networking with fellow youth leaders. Centered around the theme “incREDible,” this conference highlighted how FCCLA offers incredible prospects to its members and advisers through Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) education. By exploring career opportunities and instilling real world skills, advocacy, and service, FCCLA empowers its members to make an incREDible impact that will guide them throughout their lives.

Sandy Spavone, Executive Director of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “We are thrilled to have welcomed over 7,900 members, advisers, corporate partners, and guests who are dedicated to discovering the unlimited possibilities available through FCCLA. The relationships and skills developed during this conference have inspired students to make an incREDible difference in their communities.”

During the conference, students showcased their exceptional talent and dedication by participating in various events. Their remarkable achievements are a testament to their hard work, determination, and the guidance of their advisers. The results of their participation are as follows:


  • Alexia Jenkins, Kendall Alger, Myla Gilmer — National Top Ten, Gold / Focus on Children-Level 1


  • Syd Drain — Silver/ Leadership -Level 3
  • Jayden Montcalm-Harris, Virginia Grieb — Silver / Professional Presentation Level 2


  • Tatum Pendergast, Elizabeth Seals, Lizzy Wood — Gold/Professional Presentation-Level 1
  • Veronica Yorro, Bella Shifflett — Silver/National Programs in Action-Level 1
  • Atari Good — Youth room consultant, Sustainability


  • Joey Miller, Allyssa Lucas — National First Place, Gold/Repurpose and Redesign, Level 2
  • Mary Cave, Ava Keyser — National Third Place, Gold, Chapter Service Project, Level 2
  • Seth McCoy, Mady Murphy, Aryn Petefish — National Top Ten, Gold, Chapter in Review, Level 3
  • Sadie Rodriguez — National Top Ten, Gold/Chapter Service Project, Level 3
  • Kaylee Kite — National Top Ten, Gold/Promote and Publicize, Level 2
  • Rebekah Seals — Gold/Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation, Level 2
  • Whitney Miner — Silver, Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation, Level 3
  • Manuel Coronel Cardoso — State President- VA Voting Delegate, VA Election Delegate.
  • Page County High School — Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety- State Winner, National Organizations for Youth Safety- National Best Overall Campaign Winner- $1500

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective student-led nation-based organization supporting youth on their journey to become the leaders of tomorrow and helping them address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has over 237,000 members and more than 5,100 chapters across the nation.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical intracurricular student organization with a central focus on careers that support families. Participation in national FCCLA programs and chapter activities aids members in becoming strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.

Looking ahead, FCCLA will be hosting its next National Leadership Conference in Seattle, WA from June 29 to July 3, 2024.

For those interested in getting involved as a student, sponsor, or supporter, please contact the FCCLA adviser for each school: Bobbie Comer or Alexis Mathias at Page County High School, Ginny Miller at Page Middle School, Lindy Burns at Luray Middle School, April Smith at Luray High School.



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