WHS, FCCLA celebrate CTE Month, Winterfest

During the month of February, students and faculty at Waconia High School will join others across the nation to celebrate National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month.
This year’s theme is “Celebrate CTE Superheroes!” The theme focuses on programs that prepare students for the global competitive market of today’s economy.
CTE month provides CTE programs across the country an opportunity to demonstrate how CTE educates students to be college- and career- ready and prepares them for high-wage, high-demand career fields.
This past week, FCCLA competed in its Region level competition, where all STAR Event participants excelled in their projects and advanced to the state competition in April. The state theme this year is “Courage to Pursue, Dreams Come True” and will feature guest speakers and activities.
By partnering with the business community, CTE programs are investing in students’ lives with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees and future leaders.
Senior and FCCLA officer, Baylie Willborg, has worked in the Career Connections category this year. Willborg is interning at the local boutique, Clearwater Clothing, where Jill Flood acts as her mentor on the business of fashion. With Career and Technical Education, Family Consumer Science students and FCCLA students are making advancements in their future careers.
During this celebratory month, FCCLA honors Rachel Joy Scott and asks students to get involved.
Scott was not only the first student victim of the Columbine shooting, but a girl who left her mark on the world with a dream to end bullying. As a child, she traced her hands on the back of her dresser and inside the hands she wrote, “These hands belong to Rachel Joy Scott and some day will touch millions of peoples’ hearts.” A table was set up at lunch periods for WHS students to write nice things they have done for others, quotes, and anti-bullying tips on paper cut-outs of hands. FCCLA asked students to help stop bullying and stand up as leaders in their community and school. These hands and kind words will be displayed at the state conference.
National FCCLA Week is also Feb. 7-14, which the Waconia Senior High Chapter celebrates by hosting Winterfest activities for the student body.
Dress up days start with National Red Out day on Friday, Feb. 7 and continue throughout the week. The annual Snowball Semi-formal Dance will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 8 to 11 p.m. at the high school.
School spirit activities as well as service projects will be highlighted fun for all.