Approximately 4,200 Oklahoma Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members attended the annual FCCLA State Convention Thursday, March 24, 2022  in Oklahoma City’s new Convention Center.  The theme of this year's convention was "Level Up Your Leadership” according to Brittani Phillips, State FCCLA Adviser at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, Stillwater. 

Convention activities began with the opening general session at 9:00 a.m. where scholarship winners were announced and honorary members were recognized.  Heather Gottsch, Cherokee FCCLA Adviser and Chair-Elect of the Oklahoma Alumni and Associates of FCCLA Board of Directors, presented the OAA Scholarships. Oklahoma FCCLA president, Faith Hollowell, Kingston High School, presided over the convention.

Members and advisers had the opportunity to hear keynote speaker, Nick Scott.  Nine workshop interest sessions were offered, ranging in topic from leadership development to the power of positivity. 2022-2023 State Executive Council members were elected and installed.  Participants also had the opportunity to view exhibits and network with businesses from around the state.

Twenty-five members from Cherokee FCCLA attended the 2022 Oklahoma FCCLA State Convention. Cherokee FCCLA was recognized on stage as a Gold Star Chapter of Excellence, which is the highest honor given, and for having 75% FCS Class membership in FCCLA. Serving as voting delegates for Cherokee FCCLA were Abby Guffy, Lexi Williams, Raylen Weve, and Holly Bockelman. Serving in the Courtesy Corps from Cherokee were Kynli Patterson, Gracia Jackson, Addy Bickerstaff, and Tessa Littlefield.

Over 500 FCCLA members competed in competitive event activities March 8th, 9th, and 10th.  Students competed in areas of parliamentary procedure, job interview, illustrated talk, child care, and culinary arts, among others. State winners of the competitive events were announced during the medal ceremony at State Convention. National STAR Event winners will compete at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Leadership Conference, June 29- July 3, in San Diego, California. 

Winners from Cherokee FCCLA are as follows:

State Champions:

Carson Schanbacher, Career Investigation Level 2 Kynli Patterson, Career Investigation Level 1 Tessa Littlefield, Children’s Literature Level 1 Hope Jordan, Say Yes to FCS Education, Level 2 Lake Lyon, High Individual, Meat Identification Level 3

State Runners-Up: Riley Hensley, Career Investigation Level 3 Brant Failes, Gracie Leslie, Lake Lyon, Aiden Sanborn, Meat Identification Team Level 3

Hope, Kynli, Carson and Riley’s events move on to competition at NLC this summer.

FCCLA is a career and technology student organization sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and is an integral part of Family and Consumer Sciences Education programs in comprehensive high schools and area technology centers.            

Cherokee FCCLA State STAR Event Winners: Carson Schanbacher, Riley Hensley, Kynli Patterson, Lake Lyon, Aiden Sanborn, Brant Failes, Gracie Leslie, Tessa Littlefield, Hope Jordan

Cherokee FCCLA Members at State Convention 

Back Row L to R: Malakai Arnold, Kaleb Nevels, Kai McHenry, Zackery Hellar, Lake Lyon, Brant Failes, Aiden Sanborn, Lexi Williams, Kynli Patterson
Middle Row: Sarah Diacon, Gracia Jackson, Sophie Cantellay, Riley Hensley, Raylen Weve, Gracie Leslie, Haley Wade, Carson Schanbacher, Tessa Littlefield
Front Row: Hayley Thresher, Holly Bockelman, Mae Nevels, Addy Bickerstaff, Hope Jordan, Abby Guffy