Chiawana HS Student Elected to FCCLA National Executive Council


The 2019-20 school year promises to be a busy one for Chiawana High School junior-to-be Brisa Hernandez. Hernandez was one of ten national officers elected to serve on the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Executive Council. Hernandez was elected as FCCLA’s National Vice President of Development on July 3, during FCCLA’s National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California.

Hernandez was one of 28 national officer candidates who took part in the National Executive Council election. The process included several intense interviews, an FCCLA knowledge test, and the presentation of a prepared speech during the conference.

Hernandez says this is something she has been working toward for a long time. “At my first National Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. four years ago, I saw ten inspiring leaders on stage,” Hernandez shared. “I saw genuine smiles and beaming enthusiasm. I remember sitting next to my mom and whispering, 'I want to do that.' Over the past five years in FCCLA, I have experienced leadership development and developed skills that will help prepare me for adult life. I have transitioned from a shy and reserved individual, to an outgoing, optimistic, and eager leader. The past five years I have been building my way up to the pinnacle of my FCCLA journey. My goal has always been to run for national office, and when I was elected on July 3, it felt surreal. The restless nights and early mornings were well worth this accomplishment. My 12-year-old self would be proud of me. But of course, I couldn’t have done it without the support of my loving family, encouraging school district, understanding friends, or my wonderful advisers Meghan Callahan, Shanda Riehle, and Maria Bice for taking this challenge. They have all played a huge role in my journey and I am forever grateful."

McLoughlin Middle School FCCLA adviser Maria Bice will serve as Hernandez's National Executive Council Adviser. "I had the honor of working with Brisa for her three years in middle school where she set this goal to be a national officer," Bice shared. "I remember the day at Nationals when she said to me 'I’m going to be up there one day.' I am extremely proud of her and I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to work with her and the National Executive council. It will be a fun and exciting year for both of us. I am looking forward to the impact Brisa will have on our National organization."

As a National Officer, Hernandez and the rest of the Executive Council will travel to FCCLA’s national headquarters in Reston, Virginia for a planning meeting to prepare a program of work that will be shared at future workshops and meetings at the local, state and national level. Hernandez will also assist in planning the focus and content of FCCLA’s 2020 National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. next summer.

About FCCLA:

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. FCCLA has more than 175,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Participation in national FCCLA programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.

 Brisa Hernandez photo


Posted: July 10, 2019