Sophomore Patten Hulette, who exemplifies the qualities of a “family member, wage earner, and community leader,” is the September Student Leader of the Month. FCCLA, a segment of whose Official Mission Statement is quoted above, stands for the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. When asked what her FCCLA chapter has done recently that shows the community that they care and are a valuable organization, she responded with, “Our chapter held a dance at East Jessamine Middle School in April. All of the money we raised from that dance went to Pennies for Patients. They work with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help find a cure. We raised over a thousand dollars, and as a state, over $40,000.” During Patten’s time in FCCLA, she has earned countless awards and taken on many leadership roles such as serving as a chapter officer for the middle school and JCTC for five years now, Regional Vice President of Individual Programs, and this year she is taking on the challenge of being the Kentucky State Vice President of Parliamentary Law. She describes the experience of running for the ladder office as “stressful. I have never been more nervous in my entire life.” Patten recalls that she has learned social skills such as public speaking and has learned a lot about commitment. When asked what FCCLA meant to her, Hulette expressed, “I cannot put into words what FCCLA means to me. Ever since I was six years old, I wanted to join this organization and become a national officer. Now I’m just one step closer to that dream.” Patten plans on running for a national office position and fulfilling her dream at the end of her junior year.