SUMMITTED BY SAMANTHA FROST –
On November 14, 2014 Mena High School Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas for the FCCLA National Cluster Meeting. The members in attendance were Samantha Frost, Carissa Gordon, and Erin May along with advisor Mrs. Kristi Wilson. Prior to the Cluster Meeting, members toured the Heifer International building and learned about Heifer’s purpose which is ending world hunger and poverty and caring for the Earth. The members also went on an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the internal works of the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center that hosted the National Cluster Meeting. Members got to see how the staff prepares and makes food accessible for guests, and also saw how the staff balances the initial upkeep of the rooms and how they make the guest’s experience one of a kind. During the National Cluster meeting, the National Officers were introduced along with FCCLA’s National projects. The Cluster meeting was a two day event, but Mena FCCLA members only attended the first day.