Maumelle students represent well at national conference

Four Maumelle High School students represented their school decorously at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference held this month in Nashville, TN. Not only did the four well portray their school and district, but they also represented their city and state with pride. In addition to the election of Ashley Turner as National VP of Public Relations, senior Kayla Blackburn competed and was awarded Gold in the "Focus on Children" - Senior division with a near perfect score on her project! Seniors Caroline Elliott and Landon DeKay served as national competition category judges. Proud MHS FCCLA sponsor and chaperone on the conference trip was Mrs. Herring.

Ashley Turner, Kayla Blackburn, Caroline Elliot and Landon DeKay
Ashley Turner, Kayla Blackburn, Caroline Elliot and Landon DeKay

Ashley Turner

Student Becomes National Officer at FCCLA National Leadership Conference and Teacher Becomes National Adviser at FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN July 2nd – 6th

Ashley Turner with Kristin Herring
Ashley Turner with Kristin Herring

Ashley Turner, a senior at Maumelle High School, Maumelle, AR, has been elected the 2017-2018 National Vice President of Public Relations of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Ashley is one of ten national officers elected during the 2017 National Leadership Conference, held July 2-6 in Nashville, TN. Being elected a national officer is the highest leadership honor an FCCLA member can achieve. 

Ashley’s election took place during a five-day leadership event centered on the theme, “Unlimited Possibilities.” During the week, more than 7,500 FCCLA members, advisers, alumni, and guests attended workshops and sessions on relevant youth issues such as career preparation, financial literacy, environmental education, traffic safety, community service, and leadership development.

Along with nine other members of the National Executive Council, Ashley will travel to FCCLA national headquarters in Reston, Virginia, during the year to attend training and program planning sessions. Ashley will also help set policies and develop future goals for the organization as a committee member of the FCCLA National Board of Directors. During the year, Ashley and the other national officers will represent the organization by leading workshops and giving speeches locally and throughout the country, in addition to helping plan the focus and content of FCCLA’s 2018 National Leadership Conference, to be held June 28 – July 2, 2018 in Atlanta, GA.

Ashley Turner is the daughter of Jim and Laura Turner of Maumelle. 

Kristin Herring has become a National Executive Council Adviser (NECA) for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Mrs. Herring is one of ten advisers who will support a national officer during the 2017-2018 school year.  She will be the national adviser to Ashley Turner.  The NECA will help their officers guide FCCLA members, who consist of young men and women enrolled in Family and Consumer Sciences programs. They will represent the organization at national and state conferences and other public events. 

Along with nine other National Executive Council Advisers and the ten national officers, Kristin Herring will travel to FCCLA national headquarters in Reston, Virginia, to attend program planning sessions. She will receive professional development training, discuss her responsibilities as a NECA, participate in team building exercises, and assist her national officer.  

During the year Kristin Herring will help plan the focus and content of the adult sessions at FCCLA’s National Cluster Meetings in Oklahoma City, OK, and Washington, D.C. Additionally, they will assist national staff at the 2018 National Leadership Conference, to be held June 28 – July 2, 2018 in Atlanta, GA.

Kayla Blackburn

Maumelle High School Student Competes in National STAR Event Competition and wins Gold in Nashville, TN July 2nd – 6th

Kayla Blackburn in front of FCCLA banner
Kayla Blackburn

More than 7,500 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in Nashville, TN for the 2017 National Leadership Conference.  The meeting provided Maumelle High School FCCLA members, Ashley turner, Landon DeKay, Caroline Elliott and Kayla Blackburn with the opportunity to attend leadership and program training, hear national speakers, meet the National Executive Council, explore colleges and careers, and impact a city with the Unlimited Possibilities of FCCLA.  

Kayla Blackburn, a Maumelle High FCCLA member, was among the members and took part in STAR Event competitions at the conference. FCCLA’s STAR Events are based on the belief that every student is a winner. Competition, evaluation, and recognition all stress cooperation as the basis of success. Both youth and adults work together to manage the events and serve as evaluators of the participants. Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues such as teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues, career exploration, and much more. FCCLA programs and competitions enrich student learning, improve self-esteem, and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations, and cultural influences.

 According to Kayla, “STAR Events competition provides students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and career preparation”. 

FCCLA offers over 30 STAR [Students Taking Action with Recognition] Events. These events, which include Early Childhood Education, Job Interview, and Sports Nutrition, among others, represent college and career readiness skills taught in Family and Consumer Sciences classroom. Members compete at the District, State and National level. This year, Kayla Blackburn was among over 4,200 STAR Event participants who competed in Nashville, TN. Kayla competed in the Focus on Children event. Her project, “Portion Distortion”, focused on empowering Maumelle children to make good decisions when making food choices and to make getting fit a priority.  Kayla received a gold medal in the event. 


Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective 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. FCCLA has more than 164,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 49 state associations, in addition to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members, and it’s the only career and technical in-school student organization with a central focus on careers that support families.  Participation in national FCCLA programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.

For more information on FCCLA, please contact Kristin Herring at 501-851-5350 or


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