Dustin Gilseth, a junior at Langdon Area High School (LAHS), has been elected as the 2019-20 District President for District 3 North Dakota Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). The gavel was passed during the installation ceremony from Kiarra Hodek, also a member of the LAHS FCCLA, 2018-19 District 3 President.
By Melissa Anderson
Gilseth had to complete an application and resume before the District Leadership meeting. At the District Leadership meeting all candidates gave a 3-minute speech and answered some FCCLA questions in front of everyone. The candidates then answered more FCCLA questions for the voting delegates. Each chapter has two voting delegates at the meeting that vote for their chapter.
“At first I was worried about running because I’m involved in a lot of clubs and have a couple jobs. I thought I was way too busy to run for District President. My adviser, Mrs. Kram, talked to me about it and said that this would be an awesome thing for me because I’m so outgoing, but it is a two person job, so we would have to work together,” Gilseth explained. “And when she said that, something clicked. I told myself that in the long run, this will be perfect for me and our District.”
The FCCLA elections are set up so that the adviser of the District President fills the position of District Advisor, which means that Gilseth and Kram will work closely together to plan necessary events. Personal growth and leadership development are at the forefront of the FCCLA mission. By completing service-learning projects and participating in Competitive Events, students gain important leadership skills they take with them for life. Students have opportunities to demonstrate leadership at every level of the organization. FCCLA chapters and state associations are led by officers who have demonstrated leadership skills in and out of the classroom.
“Dustin has many qualities that will make him a good District President. Dustin is an outgoing young man who strives to include others. He is also a hard-worker who follows through on his commitments. Finally, Dustin truly sees the value of FCCLA and has a genuine interest in sharing that with others,” Kram said.
The District President from District 3 has been from Langdon for the last three consecutive terms, starting with Dustin’s own sister, Bethany Gilseth, who was a District President in 2016-17. It was Bethany that first encouraged Dustin to join FCCLA as she was a member herself. Gilseth’s favorite aspect of FCCLA is definitely the people, which was one of the reasons that he decided to run in the first place as he had a desire to be with people and help others when they need it.
“Everyone is so nice and so easy to talk to. I’m definitely looking forward to working with everyone in our district and the state officers,” Gilseth shared. “I think I will gain major leadership skills and even more speaking skills, and how to tackle big obstacles in life with the help of my district and chapter, of course.”
North Dakota FCCLA is divided up into 6 districts with each district electing their own president. District 3 includes FCCLA chapters from Dakota Prairie, Drayton, Edmore, Grafton, Grand Forks, Hatton-Northwood, Langdon Area, MayPort CG, Midway, Minto, New Rockford-Sheyenne, Park River, Thompson, and Valley-Edinburg. As the District 3 President, Gilseth will attend a leadership training during December with the other District Presidents. His duties following that will be to assist at STAR Events with registration and management, and at state convention, he will run the district meeting and assist with state officer elections as well as the workshops.
“Dustin’s ‘big’ duties will be next fall,” Kram said.
As District President, Gilseth will be responsible for meeting with chapter representatives and the state officer to plan the district meeting and conduct the planning meeting as well as preside over the annual District 3 FCCLA meeting in October 2020. FCCLA is part of the Family and Consumer Sciences program in junior and senior high schools and prepares youth for success in their personal lives, their careers, and the communities in which they live. FCCLA is sponsored by the Langdon Area High School and the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education.