Over 1,000 middle and high school students gathered for Minnesota’s FCCLA (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America) annual State Leadership Conference at the Doubletree Hotel April 11-13
This year’s student created theme was “iSuceed!” Highlights of the conference included keynote speaker Craig Scott with a presentation on bullying, student officer elections on the regional and state level, fitness activities, and more. Newly elected to the Region 4 Treasurer position is Kylie Kinney. Trista Kottke was elected into the State Peer Education team and Kaija Kottke will serve as the new 2013-14 State Secretary.
Scott, this year’s keynote speaker, was a student at Columbine High School over a decade ago where his sister, Rachel Joy Scott, was the first of 13 victims shot. The Scott family started an organization — Rachel’s Challenge — that believes in combating youth violence through a curriculum of kindness and compassion, keeping Rachel’s spirit and morals alive. Student FCCLA officers learned about the program at Minnesota’s November Summit conference, and it has inspired school statewide to incorporate Rachel’s Challenge locally. State Peer Educator Kylie Kinney helped promote this project this past school year as part of her project.
Another feature at the state conference includes participation in over 30 different categories through STAR Events. Chapter members give presentations about project they have organized and executed the past year.
Amy Parkinson, Ashley Millerbernd, Jenna Saunders, Baylie WIllborg, Trista Kottke and Kaija Kottke of the Waconia Senior High FCCLA have advanced to the national level of competition which will be held in Nashville, Tenn., from July 4-12. Kottke will be representing District #110 and Minnesota FCCLA as the new 2013-14 State Secretary. Trista Kottke will be competing in the Chapter Showcase manual event which highlights the organization of well-planned and implemented FCCLA Chapter programs.
Willborg will be competing in the Fashion Design event which focused on researching, creating a design line and preparing for career opportunities within the world of fashion. Parkinson, Saunders and Millerbernd will be competing in the National Programs in Action event with their project highlighting a yearlong prevention of distracted driving campaign for Waconia High School students.
Waconia Senior High FCCLA was proud to have 20 members competing at the State level of Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Events for the student’s year-long projects.
The members who received first place in their events were: Jasmin Haas, Desiarae Haas, Katherine Bockelmann, Kaija Kottke, Madelynn Lage, Kortney Luedloff, Jane Merten, Ashley Millerbernd, Amy Parkinson, Jenna Saunders, Shaina Gonzales, Marri Saunders, Jessica Stangret, Madison Schochenmaier, Baylie Willborg, and Madison Sherwood.
Members receiving second place (Silver medals) in their events included: Cassia Brand, Kylie Kinney, Trista Kottke, Mayeesha Kamal.
At the state convention the Waconia Chapter brought home eight 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), and Families First.
Waconia also received the Chapter of Excellence Award in chapter competition.
FCCLA 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.