Merritta Combs, a family and consumer sciences teacher at West Franklin High School, Pomona, was recognized as a master adviser by Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) at its 2013 National Leadership Conference July 7-11 in Nashville. The meeting welcomed more than 7,000 members, advisers, alumni and guests.

FCCLA’s Adviser Recognition Program seeks to reward outstanding local family and consumer sciences teachers who make significant contributions to the organization while keeping abreast of today’s issues in the curriculum.   Only 110 FCCLA Advisers from across the nation were recognized with two being nominated and recognized from Kansas — Merritta Combs from Pomona and Connie Braun from Victoria. The program recognizes advisers who have been successful in promoting the organization, operating an integrated chapter with a balanced program of work, and facilitating youth-centered activities within the community.

Exceptional advisers motivate their chapters to take advantage of opportunities beyond the local level, use a wide variety of resources available to them, and encourage student involvement. Being an effective adviser takes special skills and a tremendous commitment of time and energy.  The theme for this year’s conference was “Discover Your Voice” empowering students to make a difference in their communities while developing leadership skills.