FCCLA Members Attend Peer Education Conference
Five members from the Plainview FCCLA Chapter attended the FCCLA State Peer Education Conference held in Kearney on February 26. Attending were Jessica Stark, Makenna Buss, Jessica Booth, Morgan Guevara, and Logan Jacobsen, and Adviser Ronita Jacobsen.The theme of the meeting was “Spinning Your Way Into FCCLA!” During the opening session the chapter was recognized for participating in The Peer Education Outreach Project. This year the project was to collect food for local food pantries. The Plainview chapter participated in this event by donating over 200 items to our Plainview Food Pantry this past October.
Member started their day with breakout sessions. A favorite session of members was the “Is the ‘F’ Word Really That Bad?” session by Kevan Hueftle. “F” stood for “Failure”. Kevan is a 32 year old rancher, husband, and father who lives in Eustis, NE with a story to tell and dream he is living. He strongly emphasized that students would be faced with failure every day and that they should learn from it. It is from failure that we learn to grow, become stronger, and work harder to succeed. If it wasn't for failure, we wouldn’t strive to become better. He shared how he lost his left foot in a hunting accident in 2003, overcame his 10 year alcohol addiction, and is now living his dream by qualifying for the U.S. Paralympic Team. He says he fails every day in his workouts and that this is what makes him work harder the next day and become stronger and faster. If used correctly failure is what makes you successful. He also gave credit to the Never Say Never Foundation which has supported him and designed the 3 prosthesis for him to use in his daily life and in competition. “This session got my attention right away because I like to hunt. But by listening to him I learned a lot...about a lot of different things. I never thought about failure being a good thing,” stated Logan Jacobsen.
Another breakout session was “Money Talks” by Jackie Freeman. She spoke on Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and provided students with information on his “7 Baby Steps to Financial Peace”. The “Spin Your Way into Peer Education” session was held by the State Peer Officers. Members were divided into three groups and rotated around the room learning more about the specific peer education programs and FCCLA. “As a new member I learned a lot about FCCLA by going to this session. I liked how it was interactive and fun with the games”, said Makenna Buss.
After lunch, students heard the keynote speaker Kim Barrett speaking on “Stress and Well-Being: Change your Mind, Change Your Life”. A favorite quote of hers was “What doesn’t challenge you doesn’t change you.” She talked about the components of well-being and the different between good and bad stress. Barrett also talked about how to notice signs of when you are under stress and had students go through relaxation techniques which can help to reduce stress. She gave them additional tips on reducing stress reminding them on the importance of getting enough sleep, being active, and eating well.