On September 6, Waurika FCCLA chapter officers attended Oklahoma FCCLA’s LEAD Conference at the Simmons Center, in Duncan. The purpose of LEAD, which is short for leadership, is to teach the organization’s officers to be better leaders for their respective chapters.
Approximately 400 students from four districts in the South Region attended the general session and then broke into workshops. The keynote address was offered by Brandon Baumgarten, who motivated the students to learn through service. The five workshops, designed to be fun and informative, were enjoyed by students. Waurika’s own Hannah Owens, a sophomore, is currently serving the South Region as Vice President of Public Relations. She participated in the general session, as well as led a workshop over officer etiquette.
After being treated to lunch by the Oklahoma National Guard, the officer team also attended an afternoon session called Oklahoma Challenge. It centered around safe driving education. Students participated in a 3-D interactive video segment and brainstormed about ideas they could include in their chapter’s program of activities for the coming year. Oklahoma Challenge is sponsored by State Farm Insurance and the Oklahoma Highway Safety Organization.