Local Students Participate in Legislative Shadowing Project


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Haylie Heathington, Representative Robert Ross and Athena Hood participate in the FCCLA Legislative Shadowing Project.
Submitted by Brooke Kuhn

  Athena Hood, a senior at Licking High School, and Haylie Heathington, a Senior at Houston High School, participated in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Legislative Shadowing Project on Wednesday, Feb. 6.  Mrs. Wytney Steelman is the chapter advisor for Houston and Mrs. Brooke Kuhn is the chapter advisor at Licking High School and accompanied the students to the Capital City. Sponsored by the Missouri Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), the program provides an opportunity for junior and senior high school students to spend a day with their state representative, senator or other public official at the State Capitol. The students observe hearings, meetings and other public duties.
  The Legislative Shadowing Project, now in its 19th year, is conducted by Missouri FCCLA, the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for Family and Consumer Sciences Education. A reception and opening session was held for participants on Tuesday, February 5. Tours of the State Capitol and Supreme Court Building also were provided.
  The Legislative Shadowing Project allows students to connect their interests in law, public service, civic issues and the political process with their education. The event is designed to help students develop a better understanding of the political process and its impact on citizens.
  FCCLA attempts to match students with officials from their local school districts wherever possible. The students prepare for the event by becoming familiar with their official’s responsibilities and current issues. If matched with a legislator, the student becomes knowledgeable about the bills introduced and committees on which the legislator serves.
  FCCLA is a nonprofit student organization for young men and women, grades 6-12, in family consumer sciences education. Missouri FCCLA has more than 9,500 members in nearly 330 local chapters, making it the fifth-largest FCCLA state association in the nation.

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