Kottke, Niaz advance to national FCCLA event

Kaija Kottke and David Niaz of the Waconia Senior High FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) advanced to the national level of competition which will be held in Orlando, Fla., July 6-13.

Kottke will be representing District #110 and Minnesota FCCLA in competing in the Chapter Showcase event which highlights the organization of well-planned and implemented FCCLA Chapter programs.

Niaz will be competing in the Career Investigations event which focused on researching, job shadows and preparing for career choices.

The Waconia Senior High FCCLA attended the annual Minnesota FCCLA conference in Bloomington in April.

At the event, members participated in workshops and sessions in this year’s focus areas, traffic safety and nutrition, exercise and wellness choices. FCCLA delegates were visible at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington, and also at the State Capitol in Saint Paul. Thursday afternoon approximately 350 members and chaperones made an impact at the Capitol with FCCLA Red. Attendees spoke with Minnesota legislative members and several STAR Event competitions were held in the Rotunda.

Waconia Senior High FCCLA was proud to have 30 members competing at the State level of Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Events for the student’s year-long project.

The members who received first place in their events were: Cassia Brand, Ellie Gorghuber, Jasmine Haas, Marisa Keidel, Holly Kelchner, Kylie Kinney, Kaija Kottke, Madelynn Lage, Kortney Luedloff, Claire Melchert, Jane Merten, Ashley Millerbernd, Hanna Miyamoto, Ariana Nelson-Klug, David Niaz, Karley Ortloff, Amy Parkinson, Kennedy Peitz, Madison Peitz, Emily Radde, Jenna Saunders, Corinn Schmieg, Christy Schultz, Haley Sites, Kylie Stoddard, Laura Wagener, Ashley Wormer

Members receiving second place in their events included: Desiarae Haas, Michaela Jensen, Madison Sherwood

At the state convention the Waconia Chapter brought home 10 awards, which were related to the many member projects connected to national programs completed during the school year. They include: Student Body, Stop the Violence, Community Service, Career Connections, Public Relations, FACTS (Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety), Families First, Membership Achievement Award and the National Power of One Award was earned by Holly Kelchner.

Waconia also received the Chapter of Excellence Award in chapter competition.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in the Family and Consumer Science education classes in both public and private schools through grade 12.

Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work and societal issues through family, consumer science classes.