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Sep 18, 2019 Updated Feb 17, 2022 (0)

Pictured (l-r): Kelsey Osborne, Ashley Pischel, Harleigh Claussen, Makenna Welke, Ally Sedlacek, Sara Morrow and Harley Cahoy.

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KEARNEY — Seven chapter officers from O'Neill Public High School recently attended the Nebraska Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) fall leadership workshop. 

This annual event was held at Younes Conference Center in Kearney and featured more than 584 students from all corners of Nebraska. 

The theme for this year is “Fuel Your Passion as Nebraska FCCLA” works to provide members with opportunities to discover and find their passion for their future and career.

All students at this event heard from members of the Nebraska FCCLA State Officer Team including State First Vice President Makenna Welke from O'Neill, State Peer Officer Team including officer Harleigh Claussen also from O'Neill as well as other chapter leaders about state and national programs, leadership development and chapter management. 

Madeline Wittstruck, FCCLA national executive council vice-president of finance from Milford, led sessions focused on introducing new members to the organization. 

This year's keynote speaker Dean Jacobs challenged members to live a life of wonder and humanity through generosity, gratitude, dignity, curiosity, humility, respect, kindness and community. 

Nebraska FCCLA works to prepare students for future careers in human services, education, training, hospitality, tourism, visual arts and design. 

The University of Nebraska (UNK) at Kearney Family Studies Department helped students learn about “Passion for the Future” by considering a future degree program focused on helping others. Dr. Christine Chasek presented “Brain Storms: 12 Mind Bending Careers in Behavioral Health” from the Counseling and Psychology Department at UNK. 

Attending from O'Neill in addition to Welke and Claussen were Kelsey Osborne, Ally Sedlacek, Sara Morrow, Ashley Pischel, Harley Cahoy and Chapter Adviser Ann Mann 

As members of the chapter bring this information and training home, they are looking forward to implementing it in a variety of ways. FCCLA is a dynamic and effective national career and technical 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. Nebraska FCCLA has more than 2,800 members in 98 chapters across the state. For more information about FCCLA, please visit


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