Monday Spotlight: Student continues FCCLA success

Michaela Amari

STRASBURG – Michaela Amari, 17, a junior at Strasburg High School and a state officer with Virginia Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, sees herself continuing her success during her senior year and beyond.

She said as first vice president of the organization she attends meetings throughout the year where the participants set goals for memberships and foundation partnerships, make chapter visits throughout the state and fill out monthly progress reports in terms of how they are meeting their set goals.

“The whole year is leading up to our state conference in April,” she added.

This year the conference was held in Virginia Beach, and she said the participants received a lot of positive feedback from their visit. They also enjoyed a scavenger hunt on the beach, community outreach projects and workshops.

“The energy was up the entire time,” Michaela added.

This year was not the first year she has been associated with the organization. In middle school, she said she served as vice president of public relations. Under her current role as first vice president, she takes control when the president is unavailable.

She said she joined the group because she loves to travel and meet new people. When she began in middle school she said she was shy and cautious around new people, but has opened up over the years through the leadership and public speaking opportunities the organization offered.

For anyone considering joining the program, she advises them to do so.

“It’s something that offers unlimited possibilities to try new things, gain leadership skills, branch out to other things, try new things,” she said. “Definitely travel.”

She also is a part of the school’s National Honor Society and Student Council Association.

After graduating from high school, she plans to attend Bridgewater College and study family and consumer sciences and administration.

She would like to continue working with Family, Career and Community Leaders of America through their alumni association program after high school, she said.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com