Waconia FCCLA receives Financial Fitness Award

The top state STAR Event winners for the Waconia FCCLA chapter include, front row, from left: Kaija Kottke, Madison Schochenmaier, Cassia Brand, Baylie Willborg, Jamie Walters, Makarena Faundez, Meghan Burmeister; back row: Meredith Varble, Allison Seeman, Alyssa Platt, Desiarae Haas, Laura Farlow, Marri Saunders, Michaela Jensen, Jessica Stangret, Mikayla Bjerke, Kortney Luedloff, Katherine Bockelmann, Madison Sherwood, Madelynn Lage, Trista Kottke, Madelyn Phelps, Jordan Thorpe, Lexi Mueller. Not pictured: Kylie Kinney and Shaina Gonzales. (Submitted photo)

The top state STAR Event winners for the Waconia FCCLA chapter include, front row, from left: Kaija Kottke, Madison Schochenmaier, Cassia Brand, Baylie Willborg, Jamie Walters, Makarena Faundez, Meghan Burmeister; back row: Meredith Varble, Allison Seeman, Alyssa Platt, Desiarae Haas, Laura Farlow, Marri Saunders, Michaela Jensen, Jessica Stangret, Mikayla Bjerke, Kortney Luedloff, Katherine Bockelmann, Madison Sherwood, Madelynn Lage, Trista Kottke, Madelyn Phelps, Jordan Thorpe, Lexi Mueller. Not pictured: Kylie Kinney and Shaina Gonzales. (Submitted photo)

Over 1,000 middle and high school students gathered for Minnesota FCCLA’s (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) annual State Leadership Conference held in Bloomington April 10-12.

This year’s student-created theme was “Courage to Pursue, Dreams Come True!”

Chapters from across the state competed in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events, participated in youth-training workshops, and attended  general sessions lead by student officers of the organization that showcase this year’s successes.

Highlights of the conference include keynote speaker Sam Glenn with a presentation on bullying, student officer elections on the regional and state level, a Don’t DriVE Distracted Summit for teens, former Naval Commander Master Chief-Evelyn Vonn Banks, J. D. Lewis from the Twelve in Twelve Foundation and National FCCLA Officer Olivia Wicklund’s leadership in continuing the anti-bullying peer education in “caring and compassion” and STOP the Violence work.

The weekend gave members, advisors, parents, and community leaders the opportunity to unite and collaborate in a positive, youth-orientated atmosphere.

Youth conducted a signature event for Global Youth Service Day called Push Back Curfew for a Cause raising funds for Share Our Strength-No Kid Hungry and learning about preventing childhood hunger. MN FCCLA is a Lead State Agency for Global Youth Service Day, which has held April 11-13, 2014.

Glenn shared his wisdom and stories gleaned from his own life experiences and failures. Having lost a very successful business due to fire, Glenn became negative, broke, depressed, jobless, and homeless — almost overnight.

It was a chance encounter, and subsequent friendship, with Zig Ziglar that eventually gave Glenn a “Kick in the Attitude.” It was a gift that changed his attitude — and life — for the better. Glenn’s ability to pull positivity out of adversity has led him to become the leading voice on the topic of attitude as it relates to being a leader, dealing with change, cultivating a culture of engagement, improving customer service, and improving your personal and professional development. Glenn’s energetic, and often humorous, programs engage, equip and empower students with an attitude recharge that will improve performance in their professional, as well as personal, lives.

Another feature at the state conference includes participation in over 45 different categories through STAR Events. Chapter members give presentations about projects they’ve organized and executed this past year.

Madison Schochenmaier and Madelynn Lage of Waconia Senior High FCCLA have advanced to the national Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas July 4-11.

Schochenmaier will be competing in the Chapter in Review Portfolio event which highlights the organization of well-planned and implemented FCCLA Chapter Programs.

Lage and Madelyn Phelps were selected to receive the 2014 National Financial Fitness Runner up Award, sponsored by FCCLA. Financial Fitness is a peer education program, designed to help youth develop skills in money management, consumerism and financial planning.

The award recognizes chapters that promote making, saving and spending money wisely. As the National runner up winner, Lage will be representing ISD #110 and presenting their project during the Spotlight on Projects session and will receive a $500 award during the Business Session in San Antonio.

Waconia Senior High FCCLA was proud to have 23 members competing at the State Level of Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Events. The members who received first place in their events were: Kaija Kottke, Madelynn Lage, Madelyn Phelps, Cassia Brand, Marri Saunders, Laura Farlow, Jessica Stangret, Baylie Willborg, Desiarae Haas, Madison Sherwood, Katherine Bockelmann, Kylie Kinney, Meghan Burmeister.

Members receiving Silver medals or second place in their STAR Events included: Madison Schochenmaier, Jamie Walters, Makarena Faundenz, Trista Kottke, Kortney Luedloff, Shaina Gonzales, Mikayla Bjerke, Alyssa Platt, Allison Seeman.

Jordan Thorpe received third place and a Bronze medal for her STAR Event.

Special Awards included National Advancers Willborg and Schochenmaier, 1st National Alternates were Kaija Kottke, Burmeister, Brand, Walters and Faundez.

At the State Convention, the Waconia Chapter was awarded eight separate awards for various programs of FCCLA. Seven of these awards were granted because of the members’ completion of National Program Award Applications.

The awards include: Student Body, STOP the Violence, Leadership Service in Action, Career Connections, Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety, Financial Fitness and Families First. The chapter was also awarded the Chapter of Excellence Award, which is the highest state level award a chapter can receive.

Waconia represented the community well with great student leadership at the conference.

Kaija Kottke finished off her year as the State Secretary and along with the Minnesota Executive Council, Kottke helped plan and run the state conference. Trista Kottke was named the ALL STAR Peer Educator for the 2013-14 school year. Kylie Kinney finished out her Regional duties as the Region 4 Treasurer.

Along with finishing out their year of leadership, Waconia FCCLA had the honor of running two excellent leaders for various leadership positions. Madison Schochenmaier was chosen to be a new State Peer Educator and Jordan Thorpe was elected the new Region 4 Vice President.

About FCCLA

Family, Career and Community leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in the Family 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.

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