A Prospect High School student has been elected to lead the Illinois Association of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) – the first student chosen for the presidency from the northern half of the state.
Lauren Becherer, who earned an FCCLA award and a scholarship at a competition this spring, will attend the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio this week, representing Illinois as a voting delegate, networking with FCCLA officers from across the country and attending sessions concerning issues impacting today’s youth. Earlier this summer, she trained for her presidency for three days in Springfield, focusing on public speaking, parliamentary procedure and team-building.
"It’s extraordinary to have one of our own students elected to this role, and speaks to Lauren’s strengths and the success and hard work that our local teams have demonstrated consistently," said Lisa Curtin, who co-sponsors Prospect’s FCCLA chapter with colleague Amy Collins. "It will be exciting to watch her develop a cohesiveness between the northern and southern halves of Illinois, with a goal of building an even stronger state presence that continues to prepare students for post-high school success."
At Prospect, Becherer plays tennis and badminton; participates in the Knights’ Way character, leadership and service organization; serves as a student mentor; and is active on the senior class board and Principal’s Advisory Council.
FCCLA is a national organization offering personal growth, leadership development and career preparation opportunities for students in family and consumer sciences education. The organization has more than 220,000 members and nearly 7,000 chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.