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Oklahoma vocational advisor named National Advisor of the Year

Staff Report

Denise Morris, state advisor for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, has been named by the national FCCLA organization as its 2011 State Advisor of the Year. Morris has served as state advisor at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education since May, 1999.

The award recognizes an individual who exemplifies professional management of the state association, dedication to FCCLA, and strong support of the national organization and its programs, said Michael Benjamin, FCCLA executive director. Without capable adult leaders, students could not take advantage of the many opportunities offered through FCCLA. Being an effective state advisor takes special skills and a tremendous commitment of time and energy, said Michael Bejamin. FCCLA executive director.

FCCLA is a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through CareerTech’s Family and Consumer Sciences Education.

The organization is unusual among youth organizations because it is the only CareerTech in-school student organization with the family as its central focus.

“Mrs. Morris works hard every day to make sure the National FCCLA and Oklahoma FCCLA continues to be an outstanding program for students,” said Trent Misak, national FCCLA vice-president of membership and a Medford, OK high school student. “Her positive attitude and dedication to FCCLA is what makes her one of the best state advisors.”

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