Iowa teen elected to prestigious national post
A 17-year-old from Hinton is the first student in Iowa named to a prestigious national council in 23 years.
Madalyn Fox, who will be a senior this fall at Hinton High School in northwest Iowa, was elected as the vice president of public relations on the National Executive Council for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, known by its acronym as FCCLA. It is the career and technical student organization that is aligned with Family and Consumer Sciences.
Madalyn, who was voted in by her peers late this spring in Nashville, is one of only 10 students who comprise the national council. The last time an Iowan served on the national council was in 1998.
Alison Hertenstein, Madalyn’s family and consumer science teacher and FCCLA advisor for the state chapter, has known Madalyn since eighth grade.
“This is just wonderful,” Hertenstein said. “She really deserves this. She’s got a great personality, she’s outgoing and she is passionate about FCCLA.”
Madalyn, who has been working with Hertenstein in preparation for the spring elections since January, had been on the state council last year, something she believes gave her a leg up.
“We started getting ready in January,” Madalyn said. “I had to take this test to see how knowledgeable I am about the organization. It also involved a bunch of speeches and a lot of meets-and-greets with peers.”
Madalyn will spend her year on the national council promoting the FCCLA – a feat that will be natural to her.
“It is a great organization, it is nonprofit and student-led with family as it’s focus,” she said. “There are so many things that members can do to help them prepare for their future careers.”
For her part, Madalyn aspires to be a broadcast journalist, eventually making her way to an anchor’s chair.
“FCCLA is getting me ready for public speaking,” she said. “So whatever you want to do with your career, FCCLA will help you find your career pathway.”
In her national role, Madalyn will be traveling to San Diego and Washington, D.C., in the coming year, all the while promoting the values of FCCLA.
“We’re going to do a lot of different things,” Madalyn said. “In some instances we will be looking for sponsors for the national convention. Then we’re going to Washington to talk to the politicians to get their support.
“It’s going to be a great year.”