MYRTLE -- Couch High School junior Jessica Jones has been elected Region 9 Family Careers, Community, Leadership of America (FCCLA) president.
The election was held Feb. 19 in Willow Springs.
Region 9 is made up of 23 schools in southern Missouri.
Jones ran against two other young ladies; one from Thayer and one from West Plains.
Jones said as Region 9 president she would be planning and presiding over the regional meeting. She will be overseeing officer training and will work with other regional officers to present workshops at other schools.
She will also be allowed to attend the state leadership conference and go to the national leadership conference in Orlando Fla. Her advisor, Teresa Holder, will accompany her.
"When I asked Jessica if she would like to run for a regional office, I never dreamed she would want to run for president," Holder said.
Jones said the reason she wanted the position is to educate other students and the community about FCCLA. "I don't think people understand about our organization. It focuses a lot on leadership," Jones said.
One of the requirements of becoming a regional officer is giving a speech before the voting delegates. Holder said Jones was one of only two seeking elected positions that had her speech memorized.
She also had to answer a fact question and a situation question.
Holder said she has been the FCCLA advisor at Couch High School for over seven years, and this is the first regional president elected from the school.
Jones said when she completes her high school education she would like to attend college and is interested in optometry.
"I'm excited about Jessica being elected regional president. I think it's a great opportunity for her and our organization. She is up to the challenge," Holder said.
Holder said the local FCCLA chapter is currently seeking donations to help with the trip to the national convention in Florida. They are planning a car wash April 26 at Thayer Wal- Mart. She said any donations toward the trip would be appreciated.
Jones is the daughter of Michael Jones and Diane Offineer. She lives with her grandparents John and Evelyn McFarlin, at Myrtle.