On September 18, 2015 the Spalding- Griffin County School system’s FCCLA members attended their very first fall conference in Covington, Georgia. Griffin High’s FCCLA advisor Marcie Bradberry took her FCCLA students: Gabriana McKenzie, Sara Maddox, Sophia Marshall and Destini Walker to the Fall Leadership Conference along with the Spalding High’s two advisors for the FCCLA program, Lea Folds and Julia Fletcher, took their FCCLA members: Macy Rogers, Madison McKinney, Caprisha Head, Hannah Norwood, Elizabette Kersey and Ashley Rakestraw. The event held multiple sessions that were divided into two periods, two sessions before lunch and two sessions after. Every session was decided by the students interest and they lasted thirty minutes each. The first session that most of the students attended was Build-A-Competitor. Followed by an activity that “focused on finding the right college for you.” After the second session the next two hours was spent on eating lunch. Lunch was divided into four different color groups: yellow- first, red- second, blue- third, and green-fourth. After group yellow was finished eating, Hannah Norwood, Macy Rogers, Caprisha Head, and Madison Mckinney, took the Statement’s test that determined how familiar they were with FCCLA. Both schools got the chance to compete in the T-shirt and pin design contests. After that they proceeded their schedule and went to the third session which was Camp Sunshine. Finishing their learning experience with the last session which was The Japanese Exchange Program. Wrapping up the day with the awards ceremony the students got the chance to see other people’s work that would help them in the future when they decide to compete again. This trip was eye-opening to all of those that attended. All those that participated in the events enjoyed themselves immensely and got caught up in the whole experience of competing and learning how to help one another as well as benefiting from the shared information by some of the other students that were able to compete in competitions, each student agreed that this was a great start to their FCCLA experience.
This photo was taken at The FFA/ FCCLA Center in Covington, Georgia. This was right in front of the dining hall. Starting at the top left is: ( Sophie Marshall, Ashley Rakestraw, Madison Mckinney, Sara Maddox , Hannah Norwood, Destini Walker, Elizabette Kersey, Caprisha Head) and finishing at the bottom left is: ( Macy Rogers and Gabriana Mckenzie.)