My FCCLA Story
By Lauren Cole, VP of Public Relations
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
Hello, FCCLA! I’m Lauren Cole, and I’m proudly serving as your National Vice-President of Public Relations. I’m a senior at Tulsa Technology Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where I am studying apparel design.
My FCCLA story begins all the way back in 2002 when I attended my first National Leadership Conference. Growing up with an FCCLA adviser for an aunt, I had many opportunities to travel with her to state and national conventions, meetings, STAR Events, and more. I began living the Ultimate Leadership Experience when I was only 3 years old, and I’ve loved it every step of the way. In 2004, my family set up a scholarship for advisers in honor of my late grandmother, Wanda S. Holman. I have presented that scholarship at our state convention for over 10 years now.
Although my journey with FCCLA began many years ago, I didn’t have the opportunity to become a member until my freshman year. I attended Rookie Camp and made connections with other members and state officers. After camp, I decided that I wanted to run for state office and then I was honored to have made the ballot that year. After a loss at state, I chose to run for district office. I was then elected as the Oklahoma Northeast District 3 President. Afterwards, I attended District Officer Training camp with my fellow officers. That July, I attended NLC in San Antonio, TX, where I had the privilege of serving as a voting delegate and a member of the NLC Media Team.
Once the next school year began, my fellow officers and I made chapter visits and facilitated several conferences. I decided to run for state office once again, and last year I was elected as the Oklahoma 1st Vice-President. I had a wonderful year serving with the 2015-2016 Oklahoma SEC, and I was so blessed to have the opportunity to run as a National Officer Candidate for the 2016-17 year.
In July, my lifelong dream of becoming a national officer came true, and it’s all thanks to you, FCCLA! If there’s one thing I know for sure, I know I couldn’t have made this dream a reality without all of the support I’ve received over the years from my fellow FCCLA members. Serving as your National Vice-President of Public Relations has been one of the greatest joys of my life, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve you every day.
My challenge for you is to leave a little sparkle wherever you go. Find what makes you unique and share it in your homes, schools, communities, and state!
Lauren Cole, VP of Public Relations