State Leadership Conference

State Leadership Conference


April 2-4, 2017

Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, NE


On the Edge…The edge of greatness, the edge of success, or even the edge of a new era.  Nebraska FCCLA is on the edge of something incredible!  Climb the cliff with us at this years State Leadership Conference and find out what you’re on the edge of!


While the details of the conference are coming together, you can begin to plan your experience by using the At-a-Glance that provides a framework of all the conference events.  You can see more detailed information including registration rates, information about events, and voting delegate information in the Conference Release. 

Don’t have a smartphone; don’t worry!  Print this one-page SLC Conference Schedule that can help you find your way.  For more complete details, be sure you download the Guidebook app if possible.


During the State Leadership Conference, the 8 members who will become the 2017-2018 State Officer Team will be elected.  Each chapter is asked to contribute to this prrocess by attending the Voting Delegate Session on Monday at 12:00 PM.  Candidates will give their 3 minute speeches and answer a fact and answer question.  In addition, ballots will be passed out during this session.  In the mean time, you can meet the candidates here.

Knowledge Bowl

The Knowledge Bowl is back again this year!  This competition includes a written test for all and live competition for the top 4 scoring teams.  This competition features content on all things FCCLA both at the State and National levels. 

FCCLA Serves

These service experiences are provided on Monday, April 3 and are open to all conference attendees, not participating in an FCCLA STAR Event project or running for a State Peer Officer position.  In the past, these experiences have included work at People’s City Mission, Center for People in Need, Community Action Partnerships, Fresh Start, and many more.  Lunch and transportation for those that participate are provided and all groups of attendees are chaperoned by an adult. More information will be provided as final details are set.  Be sure to check back throughout the winter for more details.


These unique opportunities expose students to career opportunities in Family and Consumer Sciences as well as the unique sights of Lincoln Nebraska.  Transportation for these events are provided and all groups of attendees are chaperoned by an adult.  More information will be provided as final details are set.  Be sure to check back throughout the winter for more details.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

It takes a great number of dedicated individuals to help make the State Leadership Conference a success.  This includes our session ushers, FCCLA Serves chaperones, and ballot counters.  If you are an adult attendee or adviser, we would appreciate your assistance at these kinds of events.  Please complete the information below to submit your name as a possible volunteer.  You will contacted in mid-March with a confirmation of your assignment and responsibilities.

Hotel Arrangements

The hotels listed below have rooms available for booking for the 2017 State Leadership Conference.  We are asking chapters to start toward the top of the list to check availability and work their way down the list.  All hotels have similar accommodations and price per guest.

  • Courtyard by Marriott Courtyard Booking Form
    • conference headquarter hotel
    • 120 rooms available
    • block closes March 3
  • Hilton Garden Inn 402-475-9000
    • location of breakout sessions and dance
    • 70 rooms available
    • block closes March 2
  • Hyatt Place Hotel Hyatt Booking Form 
    • 95 rooms available
    • block closes March 1
  • Embassy Suites Hotel Booking Site 
    • 20 rooms available
    • block closes March 12

When making reservations, ask for the Nebraska FCCLA State Leadership Conference rate to ensure you are included in the block.  While each hotel has slightly different offerings, all are including a rate of $119 for single and double occupancy and $129 for triple or quad occupancy.  These all include breakfast. Parking is an additional fee if you choose to park in their garage. All reservations must be secured using a credit card and must be paid by the chapter or school.

Schools may also opt to make direct bill arrangements.  To do so, the following forms must be filled out for the respective hotel the chapter is staying at.  These should be completed by January 1.



Registration is closed!  Advisers can access their registration and invoices by visiting

Registration will close at 6:00 PM CST on March 1.  Changes may be made to any existing registration up until the March 1 deadline. All payments for State Leadership Conference are due by March 17 and information about submission of payments will be located on the chapter’s invoice.  Applications are due March 1 to the State Adviser. Advisers, if you have changes to your affiliated members after January 27, do not begin your registration until you contact Allison Kreifels.

Registration rates for the 2017 Nebraska FCCLA State Leadership Conference are as follows:

  • Registration-$42
  • Competitive Event Fee-$14 per competitor ($20 for Culinary Arts)
  • Boxed Lunch for Monday-$10

In addition, FCCLA Serves, Tours, t-shirt sales, and other special event offerings will be available.  More details on these events will be released at a later date.  To help advisers in entering information, the State Association has developed a customizable form to gather information from students.  This form is not the registration but gives a snapshot of all of the opportunities available at the conference.  Delegate Information Form for Advisers

Members of the Board of Directors, District Advisory Committee, District STAR Event Coordinators, and SPOT Adviser Team are given one registration for another adult to attend at no cost.

One highlight of picking up the registration packet is distributing all of the ribbons the chapter has earned throughout the year. These colorful nametag markers highlight the accomplishments of individuals and chapters for the 2016-2017 year.  For a complete list of all the ribbons and how you can earn them, check out our Line it Up! guide.

Seniors who are not competing in the State STAR Event competition may apply to serve as a member of the Honorary Conference Assistant team.  Honorary Conference Assistants play a vital role in the operation and success of our annual State Leadership Conference. Conference Assistants assist with introducing breakout session speakers, ensure correct AV and room set-up, assist with STAR Events as needed, assist in general session operations, and helping all conference attendees find rooms. Conference Assistants will receive their specific assignments at their Orientation Session from 4:00 PM-5:00 PM on Sunday, April 2 at the Courtyard by Marriott.  In exchange for their time, their conference registration will be reduced by 50%, they will receive a free state t-shirt, and will be provided with lunch on Monday. Applications are due to the State Adviser by Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM and those who are chosen will be notified by Wednesday, February 15, 2017.  The application can be accessed here:  Honorary Conference Assistant Application

State STAR Event Competition

One of the biggest events at the State Leadership Conference is the State STAR Event Competition.  This event involves almost half of all attendees and requires many volunteers, both adults and advisers, to make it successful.  If you’re available to help during the day of Monday, April 3, please consider assisting in different capacities to make this event successful.

Lead Consultant Volunteers (advisers only)

Lead Consultants are responsible for a single event and are vital to the smooth operation of the event.  They serve as a resource for the evaluators to answer questions, assist students in understanding their presentation requirements and set-up, and ensure results are reported to the STAR Events Coordinator.  They also assist in lining up students for recognition at the STAR Events Awards Session on Tuesday, April 4.

Each District is required to provide 2-3 Lead Consultants to meet the needs of events. All Lead Consultants are provided lunch on Monday, April 3.  Through this service, Lead Consultants also become experts in their event and have the opportunity to see a variety of examples of that specific event.

STAR Event Evaluators

The close to 100 volunteers that serve as evaluators for the Nebraska FCCLA STAR Event competition are vital to the success of the competition, but more importantly, vital to the success of the members that compete.  Their feedback provides opportunities for growth as well as guiding toward improvements to projects and/or continued competition.  Chapters that have competitors at the State Leadership Conference are required to provide evaluators, but we still need additional volunteers. Chapters with 2-6 events, must supply one evaluator; 7-11 events, must supply two evaluators; anything over 12 events must supply three evaluators.  

If you are interested in assisting in this capacity, please complete the form below.  Evaluators are needed from 8:30 AM-4:00 PM on Monday, April 3.  If evaluators would like to attend the entire State Leadership Conference, they must register through their local FCCLA chapter.  Evaluators receive a discounted registration as well as lunch on Monday.


Future FACS Teacher Recognition Dinner

The 3rd Annual Future FACS Teacher Recognition Dinner will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Lincoln, on Monday, April 3.  The event will begin at 5:00 PM and conclude at 6:30 PM.  This unique event is designed to welcome students into the FACS teaching professional and allow them the chance to build relationships with their future colleagues.  The program is put together by the three teacher preparation institutions in Nebraska:  Chadron State College, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Wayne State College.

This event is open to all Juniors and Seniors who have committed to becoming a FACS teacher.  Students do not have to be FCCLA members to attend and up to two students from each school building will be allowed to attend.  There is no cost to attend this event, however, if you are interested in assisting with the cost, please contact Sheree Moser at

To register, visit Future FACS Teacher Recognition Dinner Registration.

We look forward to celebrating the next generation of FACS teachers in Nebraska with you on April 3.