Taylor County FCCLA student wins award

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Students from Kentucky chapters of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America were among more than 7,000 members, advisers, alumni and guests nationwide who gathered in Nashville, Tenn., this summer for the 2013 National Leadership Conference. Kentucky sent 165 delegates to the annual conference. And one came home with an award.

This year's student-originated theme was "Discover Your Voice." Throughout the five-day convention, participants examined and discussed several critical issues, including family, school and community violence prevention, physical as well as financial fitness, future career exploration and countless community service projects.

A number of relevant youth issues, such as the changing roles of men and women in the home and workplace, leadership and obesity prevention were also explored at the meeting through presentations, workshops and youth sessions.

More than 3,600 students competed in STAR, Students Taking Action with Recognition, events, which are competitive events that build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills.

Kentucky had 85 students compete and won 31 gold, 47 silver and seven bronze awards.

Samantha Floyd, a student at Taylor County High School, won a bronze award.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a dynamic national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.

FCCLA has 200,000 members and more than 5,500 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.