Cherokee students vying for state FCCLA office

Davin Budy and Hope Jordan of Cherokee, Oklahoma has made it to the final round of
voting for the 2023-2024 state officer team of the Oklahoma CareerTech Family, Career
and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) student organization. Budy and Jordan
are two of 17 contenders vying for a position on the 11-person team.

Jordan, a junior at Cherokee High School, is the Daughter of Ken and Anita Jordan. She
is on the ballot as an at-large candidate. Budy, a sophomore at Cherokee High School,
is the son of Chad and Danielle Budy. He is on the ballot to represent Oklahoma as a
national officer candidate. Their local FCCLA Adviser is Heather Gottsch.

Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and its affiliated student organization
FCCLA, are integral components in the CareerTech system. This national student
organization helps young men and women become leaders and address important
personal, family, work and societal issues. More than 16,000 students in Oklahoma high
school and technology center campuses are members of FCCLA.

The interview process began January 26 to determine the final slate for state FCCLA
officer elections to be held April 6 at the state convention in Oklahoma City.
“Students were interviewed, tested over FCCLA facts, and presented a one-minute
speech within their region,” said Brittani Phillips, state FCCLA advisor. “Seventeen
students were chosen from the second round of interviews and will have their names on
the final ballot. We have a wonderful ballot and look forward to these future leaders
taking office and helping move Oklahoma FCCLA forward.”

State officer team members are responsible for duties such as planning and conducting
workshops, installing district officers, and leading chapter officer training. The officer
team also plans and presides over state convention, works with members to increase
membership, and helps to raise awareness of FCCLA in the state.

“Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues such as teen violence prevention,
traffic safety, family issues, career exploration and much more,” Phillips said. “FCCLA
programs enrich student learning, improve self-esteem, and serve students with a range
of ability levels, economic situations, and cultural influences.”

On a national level, FCCLA has more than 205,000 members and over 5,300 chapters
from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The organization has
involved more than 10 million youth since its founding in 1945.

FCCLA is one of seven CareerTech student organizations affiliated with CareerTech
programs. The other six include FFA and Agricultural Education, DECA and Marketing

For more information about FCCLA, e-mail Brittani Phillips at
brittani.phillips@careertech.ok.gov or call 405-743-5467. For more information about
CareerTech student organizations, visit www.okcareertech.org/main/students.htm.