Quick Links
Skip to main contentSkip to navigation
Main Navigation


Ajax Loading Image


Nebraska FCCLA Peer Education Conference Was Held in Kearney

    322 students and advisers from 44 chapters attended the State Peer Education Conference held in Kearney, NE on February 26, 2024. The theme of the conference was “Leave Your Mark.” The National Program focuses for the State Peer Officer Teams this year are Families First, Financial Fitness, and Student Body.

    Candidates for the 2024-2025 State Peer Officer Teams were also introduced during the conference. The candidates for the Family Leader Team are Alyssa Trotter, Giavanna Doyle, Jaquelin Luna-Duran, Kassidy Clark, Mayte Flores Garcia, and Danika Kreifels. Finalists from the Career Leader Team are Carter Herrington, Kloey DeNaeyer, Taryn Wingate, and Mynor Bautista Bernabe. Lastly, the Community Leader Team candidates are Ashtyn Contrerez, Brooklyn DeNaeyer, Charlotte Welsh, Ellie Bales, Gracelyn Everingham, Natalie Nelson, and Sawyer Brudigam. 

    Chapters had the opportunity to compete through Capture The Action awards. The top three chapters in all 3 categories were recognized for doing a project related to each of the State Peer Officer Teams’ National Program focuses. For the Family Leader Team, 3rd place was Palmyra, 2nd place was Twin River, and 1st place was O’Neill. For the Career Leader Team, 3rd place was Howells-Dodge, 2nd place was Twin River, and 1st place was Kearney. For the Community Leader Team, 3rd place was West Point-Beemer, 2nd place was Twin River, and 1st place was Howells-Dodge.

    In addition, there were several speakers and sessions. The keynote speaker was Casey Molifua from Hastings, Nebraska. He shared what the meaning of “Leave Your Mark” meant to him and how to carry it out in everyday life. The first breakout session was the Family Leader Team session with Kelley Mast from COMPASS. He told those in attendance a story from the Kearney area, shared what COMPASS does, and answered all of the questions members had. The next breakout session was the Career Leader Team breakout session with Kirsti Schack from FNBO. Kristi talked about the 50, 20, 30 rule and how much money you should put into your savings. She also discussed the difference between a debit and a credit card, how you can earn interest, and the pros and cons of a credit card. The final breakout session was the Community Leader Team breakout session with Amanda Pearson from Central Nebraska LOSS. She did a presentation about the sensitive topic of suicide and how to prevent it.

    The FCCLA chapters in attendance at the 2024 State Peer Education Conference were Alliance, Body County, Clarkson, Cozad, Creighton, Crete, Crofton, Cross County, David City, Elkhorn North, Elwood, Fillmore Central, Hemingford, Holdrege, Howells-Dodge, Kearney High, Leigh, Lincoln Southwest, Logan View, Loup City, Medicine Valley, Milford, Minden, Mullen, Nebraska City, Neligh-Oakdale, O’Neill, Ord, Overton, Palmyra, Pierce, Plainview, Plattsmouth, St. Edward, Summerland, Sutton, Thedford, Twin River, Wahoo, Wakefield, Wayne, and West Point-Beemer.

    Attending from the Howells-Dodge Chapter were members Gage Stutzman, Justenne Carstens and DeLoise Peacock, along with Payje Rayback, Student Teacher, and Marla Prusa, FCCLA Adviser.