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Missouri’s Future Student Showcase at the Capitol
Fifteen student groups from school districts throughout Missouri participated in the first-ever Meet Missouri’s Future Student Showcase at the Capitol in Jefferson City on February 14. The students had the opportunity to share information on innovative programs in their school districts with legislators and other state leaders. The event was sponsored by the Missouri School Boards’ Association and was held in conjunction with MSBA’s annual Legislative Forum in Jefferson City. More than 300 school board members and administrators attended the Legislative Forum. The Student Showcase was designed to share with state leaders many of the outstanding programs and activities going on in Missouri’s public schools.
Houston was honored to be one of the schools invited to attend this showcase. FCCLA, a career and technical student organization (CTSO) was proud to present some of the service projects that have been done this year. One of these was done by our chapter president Charlee Jadwin. Charlee hosted a law enforcement officer family appreciation dinner in December and since has been asked to participate and speak at other events like it. She brought a presentation board along with handouts about FCCLA. Kellsi Gayer, the middle school chapter president also attended this event to help answer questions about events that our middle school has participated in. Adviser Wytney Steelman says, "It was amazing watching our two students explain what FCCLA is to legislators and board members. They are so passionate about this organization and their projects. I am very proud of their leadership."
During this trip, the two students met with Robert Ross and Mike Cunningham to introduce themselves and discuss our projects. Both legislators walked through the showcase and were impressed at the innovations and leadership that our Missouri students represent.