Throughout the months of April and May, many clubs and choice electives attend competitions and end-of-year events. On Friday, April 12, CCHS’s Florida Future Educators of America (FFEA) attended and competed at the Broward County Future Educators of America (BCFEA) Convention at Pompano Beach High School.
The purpose of the convention was to attend workshops regarding teaching and other important life skills such as public speaking and study tips. This event also had both walk-in and early-submission competitions that each school could participate in.
FFEA members who attended this event were divided into different workshops. Each learned something new— including presentation skills, recruitment ideas, branding and expanding, college tips and developing equity. The Homeless Education Assistance Resource Team (HEART) came to the convention to inform FFEA members from all schools how they can help other students who are in transitional living situations.
“I selected workshops that had to do with public speaking, study techniques
“The best part [of the convention] would have to be the workshops and being able to work with other students from different schools.”
Workshops gave students the opportunity to interact with FFEA members from schools all over Broward County.
“The best part [of the convention] would have to be the workshops and being able to work with other students from different schools,” sophomore and FFEA member Natalie Smith said. “I got to meet many people, learn about different important topics and do lots of fun activities.”
In addition to attending workshops, CCHS’s FFEA participated in the competitions. They created binders displaying fundraisers and other projects they worked on throughout the year, as well as a scrapbook and a board featuring those items. The theme of the board and scrapbook was based on the theme of the convention, “Shape the world, teach!”
We have an amazing club because of our members.
“My students worked tirelessly on all of the projects submitted,” FFEA sponsor Deborah Covard said. “All of their hard work paid off because we brought back four trophies. I was so proud of them. We have an amazing club because of our members and I am proud to be their sponsor.”
CCHS’s FFEA won first place for their Student-Faculty Interaction binder, first place for their Membership Development binder, third place for their Community Service binder and third place for their scrapbook. Additionally, FFEA President Kelly Buker received a $250 scholarship from BCFEA.
“When I won the scholarship, I felt very honored to be selected out of the many candidates who applied,” Buker said. “I felt like I deserved [the] scholarship because of all the hours I put into the club and hard work [that I] put forth this year. [The] convention went so well, [and] winning multiple awards made me so proud to know all our hard work paid off.”
Attending convention is a yearly tradition for FFEA. They never fail to bring home awards and recognitions. The convention informed FFEA members of the many opportunities and life skills they need to not only be successful as teacher, but also in life.
Photo courtesy of Deborah Covard