State Leadership Conference

State Leadership Conference

April 8-10, 2018

Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, NE


2017 State Leadership Awards

Congratulations to all of the outstanding individual and chapter award winners which were announced April 2-4, 2017 at the State Leadership Conference.

Individual Awards

Michelle Galles, Wakefield, Spirit of Advising

Kristin Vest, Kearney, Master Adviser

Troy Lurz, Gibbon, School Administrator Award

DeMoine Adams, Honorary Membership Award

Becky Goodban, Honorary Membership Award

Taylee Neefe, Hemingford, Non-FACS Education Scholarship

Tyra Reardon, St. Edward, Non-FACS Education Scholarship

Andrew Christ, Sutton, FACS Education Scholarship

Claire McCoy, Aurora, Ultimate Leader Award  Finalist

Zoe Francescato, Maxwell, Ultimate Leader Award  Finalist

Valerie Perez, Perkins County, Ultimate Leader Award  Finalist

Taylor Nielsen, Waverly, Ultimate Leader Award  Finalist


Distinguished State Officer

Lukas Doyle, Vice President of Membership

Tracy Wamsley, Secretary

Clare Wilton, Vice President of Programs


Elite State Officer

Kassie Jorgensen, President

Whitney Parker, 1st Vice President


Nebraska FCCLA Scholarships

Non Family and Consumer Sciences Education: Taylee Neefe, Hemingford and Tyra Reardon, Saint Edward

Family and Consumer Science Education: Andrew Christ, Sutton


Go For The Red

Individual Awards:

Karlee McBride, Burwell 
Olivia Vore, Burwell
Sam Gerdes, Franklin
Andrea Jackson, Franklin
Madison Yelken, Franklin
Kadeja Al-Kanass, Lincoln Southwest
Hannah Roeloffs, Lincoln Southwest
Justin Duke, Milford


Ultimate Leader

Valerie Perez, Perkins County


Chapter Awards


Nebraska Chapter Awards

Gold: Alliance, Chase County, Dundy-County Stratton, Elkhorn South, Franklin, Gibbon, Hemingford, Howells-Dodge, Humphrey, Kearney, Lincoln Southwest, Maxwell, Medicine Valley, Neligh-Oakdale, Overton, Plainview, St. Edward Senior, Sutton, Wakefield, Waverly

Silver: Aurora

Bronze: Perkins County 


ACE (Adviser Committed to Excellence)

Cathy Kloch, Alliance

Chelsey Greene, Aurora

Candace Cain, Burwell

Kathleen Kennedy, Central Valley

Tonya Zegers, David City

Marlene Ronnfeldt, Gibbon

Marla Prusa, Howells-Dodge

Mollie Kriz, Humphrey

Kristin Vest, Kearney

Carmen Warner, Kearney

Tracy Way, Lincoln Southwest

Pat Kassmeier, Logan View

Jerlyn Hohnholt, Maxwell

Suzanne Martin, Medicine Valley

Mary Johnson, Nebraska City

Kimberly Scarborough, Neligh-Oakdale

Ann Mann, O’Neill

Angie Ehlers, Overton

Cheryl Timm, Pierce

Melissa Davis, Randolph

Sherry Smith, Wheeler Central


Public Relations

Medicine Valley


Red Chapter Affiliation



Red and White Chapter Affiliation



Saint Edward Senior High


Red Rose Chapter Affiliation

Perkins County High School


Feed Nebraska



Nebraska National Program Awards

Career Connection: Waverly High School

Families First: Lincoln Southwest

FACTS: Howells-Dodge

Financial Fitness: Waverly High School

Leadership Service in Action:  Elkhorn South

STOP the Violence: David City

Student Body: Humphrey


Leadership Service in Action

Elkhorn South


 Greatest Percentage Increase by Region

Region A:  Elkhorn High School

Region B:  East Butler High School

Region C:  Plainview

Region D:  Dundy County Stratton


Chapter Spirit Award



Circle of Friends Donations

1st Place: Howells Dodge High School

2nd Place: David City High School

3rd Place: Wakefield High School


State Outreach Program

Kearney High School


Go For The Red

Chapter Awards: Aurora High School, Elkhorn High School


Years of Service Award

5 years:  Michelle Galles, Wakefield and Nicki Pedeliski, Springfield-Platteview

15 years:  Louise Bailey, York

20 years:  Ronita Jacobsen, Plainview

35 years:  Mary Johnson, Nebraska City

40 years:  Cathy Kloch, Alliance



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 the past conference events.  You can see more detailed information about past events and voting delegate information in the 2017 Conference Release. 


During the State Leadership Conference, the 8 members who will become the 2018-2019 State Officer Team will be elected.  Each chapter is asked to contribute to this process by attending the Voting Delegate Session.  Candidates will give their 3 minute speeches and answer a fact and answer question.  In addition, ballots will be passed out during this session.  

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 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

Be sure to check back throughout the winter for 2018 details.




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. 

Registration rates for the 2018 Nebraska FCCLA State Leadership Conference will be provided at a later date.

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 and will be available at a later date.

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 2017-2018 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.  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 9, 2018 at 11:00 AM and those who are chosen will be notified by Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  The 2018 application will be made available here at a later date.

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 9, 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 10.

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 9.  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.  The 2018 Lead Consultant Volunteer Form will be made available here at a later date.

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 9.  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.  The STAR Events Evaluator Sign Up Sheet will be made available here at a later date.

Future FACS Teacher Recognition Dinner

The 3rd Annual Future FACS Teacher Recognition Dinner will take place on Monday, April 9, 2018.  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  Registration for the Future FACS Teacher Recognition Dinner will be provided here at a later date.

We look forward to celebrating the next generation of FACS teachers in Nebraska with you on April 9, 2018.