CANTON — Beth Luhman, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Canton-Galva Junior Senior High School, Canton, was recognized as a Master Adviser at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America 2017 National Leadership Conference.

Luhman received the recognition at the conference held July 2-6 in Nashville, Tennessee.

FCCLA’s Adviser Recognition Program rewards outstanding local family and consumer sciences teachers who make significant contributions to the organization.

Luhman has been teaching for 21 years at Canton-Galva Junior Senior High School, seven of which were in family and consumer science.

She found out about the award from other advisors and applied on a whim. Luhman’s application caught the attention of state leadership, and she was selected as a finalist to be submitted to the national competition.

At the ceremony, Luhman received a pen and a paper statement that symbolizes her outstanding family consumer science program she has established and how well her students succeed in the FCCLA and how she incorporates FCCLA into her program at school.

"It's good to get a pat on the back, you don't always get that as a teacher," Luhman said.

In addition to awarding teachers, the FCCLA convention offers a wide variety of options for her students to chose from. There are an average of 30 different topics available for student participation.

"My kids focus more on parliamentary procedures, career investigation, life event planning, those types of things," Luhman explained.

Luhman’s favorite thing about teaching family consumer science was seeing hers students experience an “a-ha moment" and realize they understand what they are doing.

Luhman's favorite part about the FCCLA competition is seeing her students walking across the stage and getting to nationals.

"I cry no matter what. I know its a small possibility, but I still tear up because its so exciting that they've worked so hard and got that recognition," Luhman said.

Superintendent John Derk was thrilled when Luhman was chosen for this award and what it meant for the school.

"This shows we have a strong program and our kids have done very well in competitions at the state and national level, and the leadership of Ms. Luhman has been a big part of that." Denk said. "We appreciate it and its a great thing for our kids."

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