Students from Scotland County R-1 School attended the 2017 Missouri Region III FCCLA Fall Leadership Conference on October 12 at Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly MO. More than 400 FCCLA members, advisers, and chaperones attended the meeting.

Brennah Collins, regional president, welcomed members and challenged members to use the tools FCCLA gives members to Anchor Ambitions (regional theme). Makayla Garza introduced special guests including advisers, administrators and parents. Dillion Reinitz introduced the regional service project – chapters raising money in memoriam of Jesse Ketchum. Jesse was the spouse of Jenna Ketchum, the Region 3 FCCLA advisor for Scotland County Schools. All donations collected will go to the Ketchum family to show our support of their family.

To recognize all chapters present, Seth Cupp invited each chapter president or other representative to the stage to announce the number of members attending, number of guests attending, present the chapter’s banner and give the chapter’s goal on an amount to raise for the regional service project.

Mackenzie White introduced the speaker, Joe Fingerhut. Members were challenged to have a positive, powerful impact on their world by creatively challenging them to overcome obstacles and be their best selves. Mr. Fingerhut used his life’s experiences of living, working and traveling in 30 countries and 6 continents to inspire the students to play as part of their work and make positive changes around them. Through his humor, magic and relevant stories of his own adventures, he connected to the members with the message of how to turn “I can’t” into “how can I?” to dream bigger dreams, eliminate limits and lead themselves while teaching them the power of right choices, attitude and character. Dillion Reinitz led members in a fun and energizing relaxer.

Karlin Fairchild created and presented a multimedia presentation to highlight the Region’s activities for the past year. Emma Gough, Region 3 Missouri State National Officer Candidate gave an update on state activities. Karlin Fairchild encouraged all members to plan and carry out all five Power of One projects and then submit the paperwork for regional, state and national recognition. Mackenzie Dennis encouraged senior members to apply for one of the two regional scholarships. Seth Cupp challenged members to participate in STAR Events at Marceline High School in January. Makayla Garza announced awards that will be given in March and encouraged chapters and members to apply for them.

Leslie Leasure announced Regional Meeting Contest results:

1st place Scrapbook Schuyler County FCCLA

3rd place Nametag Scotland County FCCLA

2nd place Nametag Hannibal FCCLA

1st place Nametag Putnam County FCCLA

3rd place Banner Keytesville Sr High FCCLA

2nd place Banner Scotland County FCCLA

1st place Banner Brookfield FCCLA

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only Career and Technical Student Organization with the family as its central focus. Participation in FCCLA programs and activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities. For more information, visit the FCCLA website at

submitted by Scotland County FCCLA President, Kyle Aldridge