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FCCLA Attends Peer Education Conference

March 06, 2018

On February 26, 2018, 18 members of the Overton FCCLA chapter attended the Nebraska Peer Education Conference in Kearney. This year’s theme was Spinning Your Way into FCCLA Peer Education.  Approximately 460 students and advisers from across Nebraska attended to learn about the Peer Education program in Nebraska.  Nebraska Peer Education consists of 3 teams of students that focus on various FCCLA National Programs. This year the team’s focus areas are Student Body- teaching students to make healthy choices in regard to their physical, emotional and mental wellness; Financial Fitness- helping students learn how to save, earn and spend money wisely; and Families First-showing students how to build healthy relationships with their family.


As a service project this year, the State Peer Officer Team encouraged chapters to host a local food drive that would directly benefit an organization in their area. Overton contriuted 238 cans for our local food drive in December.


The conference featured outstanding speakers this year including keynote Kimberly Barrett, the assistant director of wellness services and fitness programs for UNL Campus Recreation. She spoke about stress and well-being, including the impact of stress on the mind and body. She shared techniques that students could use to manage their stress and build overall wellness.


The breakout sessions featured the State Peer Officer Team session which was broken down into the three national programs.  Officers shared information with students about areas of Families First, Financial Fitness and Student Body as well as project ideas that students could do in their chapters to promote the goals of these national programs.

Additional breakout session speakers were Jackie Freeman and Kevan Heuftle.  Jackie Freeman’s presentation “Money Talks” was all about her journey to debt freedom. Jackie and her husband began their journey in 2010 and became completely debt free in 2016. She gave the students tips on ways to save money, by using coupons and budgeting. After a hunting accident claimed his left foot and he became an amputee, Kevan Hueftle felt a sense of “F”ailure in several areas of life for quite some time. During his session, Kevan shared how he handled the failure and overcame it to become the husband, father, rancher and businessman he is today, all while maintaining hope to compete in the Paralympics in Track and Field in 2020.


The Peer Education Team also presented Capture the Action Awards for chapters that completed projects involving each team’s National Program focus area. Overton won 2nd Place for the Student Body Capture the Action with Diana Perdomo’s little girl’s dance project “Dance Your Way to Health”.


Attending from Overton were Jordan Bidwell, Haley Einsphar, Cande Bueno, Austin Haussler, Hailey Wagener, Rebecca Zeleski, Calli Weston, Samantha Sarratt, Abby Lawton, Angie Melo, Angel Brummet, Kylie Furby, Jada Araujo, Alexz Rodriguez, Violet Nelms, Peyton Eby, Monica Sarratt, and Shaylee Lux.


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