Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)’s National Leadership Conference (NLC) was held June 30-July 4 in Anaheim, California.

​Khyliq Palmer, Jessica Overby and Amber Nichols ​competed in ​applied culinary math for management ​at FCCLA’s National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, and received a​ bronze medal in the event.

They were among more than 8,700 participants from across the country gathered together to attend leadership and program trainings, hear national speakers, meet youth leaders from across the nation, participate in competitive events and explore college and career options.

Over 4,700 FCCLA members competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events at NLC. STAR events are competitive events in which members are recognized for their proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. Both youth and adults work together in managing the events and serving as evaluators of the participants. Students develop real world skills participating in STAR Events.

Events aim to support student development of knowledge and skills by enhancing the classroom experience and career pathway initiatives by equipping students with employable skills and industry insights needed to thrive in the 21st century.

FCCLA members choose what STAR Event they would like to compete in, events vary from early childhood education, entrepreneurship and sports nutrition to fashion design, job interview and culinary arts.

In order to advance to the national level in a STAR Event, members first compete at the district and state level. ​

Along with the chance to compete with other students from across the country, Palmer, Overby and Nichols and their adviser, Victoria Worley, also got to visit Disneyland.

Other highlights of the trip included eating at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, taking pictures of the stars in Hollywood, trying In and Out Burger, dipping their toes into the Pacific while visiting Santa Monica Pier and so much more.

This was all three students’ first time flying which is an adventure on its own. July 4th was spent watching fireworks for over four hours from their balcony following the morning earthquake.


Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective 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 over 175,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.