GCHS junior named state FCCLA officer

Kathryn Chandler, Garden City High School junior, was elected the 2018-2019 Kansas State Vice President of Public Relations for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) during the state office elections that were held Feb. 26 in Hesston. She will represent the state at the National Conference this June in Atlanta, Ga., and will also help organize all state FCCLA events starting this summer.

Chandler was selected as one of the three candidates from District F that was eligible to run for state office in January, and was also elected as District F Vice President of Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) events. She qualified her job interview STAR Event for the State Tournament that will be held in Wichita April 15-17.

Chandler is a member of the Garden City High School Student Government and Buffalo Broadcasting, in addition to being very involved in FCCLA. Her background in these areas will help her role as the Public Relations officer.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private school through grade 12.

Everyone is part of a family, and FCCLA is the only national Career and Technical Student Organization with the family as its central focus. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.

Today more than 164,000 members in more than 5,300 chapters are active in a network of associations in 49 states, in addition to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, teen violence, and career exploration.

Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life — planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication —  necessary in the home and workplace.