by KAIJA KOTTKE
The Waconia FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) members traveled to St. Timothy’s Church in Blaine on Jan. 29 to compete at the Region 4 Mid-Winter STAR Event Competition. This region competition brought many happy smiles to members’ faces because all that competed with a STAR Event advanced on to State Level Competition.
STAR stands for Students Taking Action with Recognition, and as part of working with this FCCLA program, students complete projects in various categories and then present what they accomplished to judges and other FCCLA members. STAR Events are a way for teens to share new knowledge with their peers while gaining important skills for life and they allow students to develop and share their creative abilities, build problem solving skills and most importantly develop leadership abilities by planning and completing projects they care about.
These projects are centered on the FCCLA purposes and the knowledge and skills learned within the Family Consumer Science department. Members that choose to complete a STAR Event can work as an individual or can work with a group of two to three members. The local chapter is hosting an Open House on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the High School in room F-160 to share their STAR Events with the community.
The groups that advanced to state and their projects are:
• Kaija Kottke — Interior Design
• Trista Kottke — Chapter Showcase Manual (Chapter Program of Work)
• Desiarae Haas — Laws of Life Essay
• Jasmine Haas, Jane Merten, Madelynn Lage — Celebrating different cultures and working with foreign exchange students.
• Mayeesha Kamal — Sharing her country with WHS
• Kallie Forester, Claire Melchert, Heather Slice — Providing healthy meals for local families
• Katherine Bockelmann, Madison Sherwood, Rachel Tesch — Awareness of recovery efforts in Haiti
• Madison Schochenmaier — Healthy eating habits for the hockey team
• Jessica Stangret, Marri Saunders — Creating learning games to build a child’s intellect for local day cares
• Cassia Brand, Kylie Kinney — “Operation Respect” anti-bullying campaign for the High School and elementary schools
• Ashley Millerbernd, Amy Parkinson, Jenna Saunders — Safe driving campaign for WHS students
• Shania Gonzales ,Kortney Luedloff — Excerise club for the after school children’s program
• Baylie Willborg — Fashion Design
The following members went to the Region Meeting and helped the judges by being room consultants: Bingle Torres, Anna Lieb, Danielle Cozine, Maddie Harris, Michaela Jensen, Connor Kinney, Corinn Schmieg and Alyssa Andersen.
FCCLA members that advanced to state will be competing on April 11-14 at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington, Minn. At this competition, members will be competing with their projects but also have the chance get involved with the Fitness Fever campaign and FCCLA’s Got Talent. They will also listen to Craig Scott, who is Rachel Scott’s brother, the first victim killed in the Columbine shooting in 1999, and participate in a state wide anti-bullying training session.
The state level of competition determines which Minnesota FCCLA members will represent Minnesota at this year’s National Convention which will be held in Nashville, Tenn., in July.
Kaija Kottke is the Waconia FCCLA President and Region 4 Treasurer.