FCCLA Begins Busy Year
By Janet Basilio and Emmalee Johnson
We may have only been in school a couple of weeks so far, but the Satanta FCCLA chapter has had a flurry of activities already. One of the activities they recently participated in was the Take AIM conference, which was held in Manhattan. It was an in-person meeting, which was exciting for those attending after a year of virtual meetings due to COVID. This year’s conference included a multitude of topics such as Star Events, which are presentations over any problem that the presenter(s) feel strongly about, giving, mental health and knowledge bowl. Miss Kansas also gave a speech about what members could do to make our communities and our state better.
During the conference, the members were divided into six different groups. Each group went through stations once. During one of the rotations, attendees talked more in-depth about Star Events. A few of the state officers further explained what Star Events were, how participating in Star Events could help with social skills, and what topics Star Events could address. One of the examples they provided focused on the importance of teaching middle school students how to properly take care of children for babysitting.
Another station focused on giving, where the presenter talked to the groups about how his life has changed through giving. He told the members about his calling to help cancer patients from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He talked about being able to make the kids temporarily feel better by taking them hunting in northwest Kansas, where he has a hunting cabin to host the patients and their families. In his discussions, members were reminded about how much giving could affect someone’s life.
Mental health was another topic widely discussed during the conference. Members learned strategies about how they can help others and themselves when struggling with mental illness. An example that was given involved a person having an anxiety attack and steps to take to calm the person down, which included ideas on how to get the person to focus on something other than the anxiety. These skills could be very helpful to these members in everyday life.
Kara Kunselman, who serves as the ____________________ this year, was excited to attend this year’s conference. She feels that FCCLA has really brought out her true self and helped her be more confident in speaking in front of others. She hopes to see more interaction among the members and recommends that students become a part of FCCLA because of all of the skills they’ll pick up along the way.