ELBERTA — For the first time since 1975, the FCCLA national president is an Alabamian, and she hails from right here in Baldwin County.Mary Katherine Gunn, a senior at Elberta High School, was …
ELBERTA — For the first time since 1975, the FCCLA national president is an Alabamian, and she hails from right here in Baldwin County.
Mary Katherine Gunn, a senior at Elberta High School, was elected to the role this past summer during the FCCLA National Leadership Conference.
“This year, I get to be the youth voice for almost 200,000 members,” Gunn said. “Our theme is ‘IncREDible,’ so the whole year we’re highlighting how our members are incredible and how they are pushing the world to bigger and better heights, so it’s a really cool experience to be able to do that and I love this theme.”
Gunn will be president for one term, then have the opportunity to serve another term on the board of directors and continue her influence- just sans the red jacket.
During her time as president, Gunn will host three conferences: the 2022 Capitol Leadership, the National Conference being held in Columbus, Ohio, and the 2023 National Leadership Conference being held in Denver, Colorado.
1) WHAT’S YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?
“Manatee,” she answered with a laugh.
2) DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE QUOTE OR MOTTO?
“It’s a Bible verse. ‘Let everything you do be done in love.’ That’s been my mantra since I’ve been existing, basically, because my parents have always been like, ‘You help everyone, no matter who they are or what they look like or who they worship, you help everyone.’ Let everything you do be done in love, that’s always been my thing.”
3) WHEN YOU’RE NOT OFF CONQUERING THE WORLD, WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER HOBBIES?
4) FAVORITE MOVIES/TV SHOWS?
5) REGARDLESS OF COST OR TIME, WHAT IS YOUR DREAM VACATION?
“I’d love to travel six continents. I’m not really interested in going to Antarctica, but I’d love to go through the other six continents and do an art and cuisine tour. I love food and I love art, so getting to go through those places, start in the Norwegian countries and work my way down to Australia. It would be very expensive, but very worth it. A massive culture tour.”
6) WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU WANT TO GIVE TO YOUR PEERS?
7) WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FUTURE PLANS?
“I know I want to attend a larger university, and I also really love sports media. My top three universities right now are Auburn, Mississippi State and Texas A&M. I want to go into mass communications and then possibly focus in either media marketing or nonprofit management to hopefully one day get to work with a nonprofit.
“Or work for the Atlanta Braves,” she added with a laugh.
More about FCCLA: FCCLA stands for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. FCCLA replaced home economics in schools around 1999.
“We are a career and workforce readiness association that focuses on personal and leadership development through family and consumer science education,” Gunn said. “They did the name switch to better reflect how we as an organization prepare our members for the future and not just for homemaking, because that’s not all that we’re doing now.”
FCCLA’s four career pathways include hospitality & tourism, visual arts & design, education & training and human services.