Return to Headlines

FCCLA Legislative Shadowing Project

Senior Madison Franklin and Junior Winter Hardwick participated in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, (FCCLA) Legislative Shadowing Project on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.  Mrs. Wytney Steelman is the local chapter adviser and accompanied the students to the Capital City.  Sponsored by the Missouri FCCLA, the program provides an opportunity for junior and senior high school students to spend a day with their state representative, senator or other public official at the State Capitol.  The students observe hearings, meetings and other public duties.  
The Legislative Shadowing Project, now in its 17th year, is conducted by Missouri FCCLA, the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for family and consumer sciences education.  A dinner banquet, sponsored by the Missouri Bar, was held for participants on Tuesday, January 31.  Tours of the Governors Mansion, State Capitol and Supreme Court Building were also provided.
The Legislative Shadowing Project allows students to connect their interests in law, public service, civic issues and the political process with their education.  The event is designed to help students develop a better understanding of the political process and its impact on citizens. 
FCCLA attempts to match students with officials from their local school districts wherever possible.  The students prepare for the event by becoming familiar with their official's responsibilities and current issues.  Madison Franklin shadowed senator Mike Cunningham. Winter shadowed Rep. Robert Ross, where she was introduced on the house floor and declared volunteer Page for the day.  
FCCLA is a nonprofit student organization for young men and women, grades 6-12, in Family and Consumer Sciences education.  Missouri FCCLA has more than 9,500 members in nearly 330 local chapters, making it the fifth- larges FCCLA state associations in the nation.  
Our students were picked from nearly 80 applicants to be a part of such a great project.  
Presenting award    At State Capitol