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On Wednesday, 50 Neligh-Oakdale FCCLA members and their sponsor Kimberly Scarborough traveled to the Norfolk Lifelong Learning Center to attend the District 8 Leadership Conference. The conference theme was “Do you want to be a Leader?”
The conference began with Kelsey Green being installed as the District’s Vice President. Calli Wilkinson participated in the Creed Speaking/Interpretation event, and Will Paul completed the chapter’s yearbook that received 3rd place.
The keynote speaker for the event was Andy Hoffman, the founder of the Team Jack Pediatric Brain Cancer foundation. Hoffman spoke of his experiences with his son, Jack, as he was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2011. Since not very many children having this disease, there has not been a lot of studies regarding treatment, giving Hoffman the desire to begin the foundation to help all children with brain cancers. Breakout sessions included: Eating Healthy Made Simple and Fun, Human Performance Project, Human Trafficking, Leadership: the Next Level, and a tour of the nursing college at NECC. A round table session was also included in the breakouts that included a State Officer, Ariel Litchty–STAR information, WSC representative-FACS programs, State Peer Officer Teams-Noelle Ervin (Families First), Taylor White & Kristin Thompson (Financial Fitness), and Kelsey Green (Student Body).
At the end of the conference door prizes were drawn. Recipients were Calli Wilkinson, Kaylee Chance, Rachel Higgins, Kendra Carr and Nikki Grosserode. Jade Schultz and Jayden Arehart were the recipients of the bucket raffle drawings.
"Overall, the students had great time listening to the speakers, participating in icebreakers and meeting new people," Scarborough said.