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FCCLA strikes gold at State Conference

April 12, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor (cjeilers@traerstarclipper.com) , Traer Star-Clipper

North Tama had eight students compete at the 2019 FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Des Moines March 31 to April 2, advancing three projects to the National FCCLA level this summer.

"I am really proud of all the students that competed at Districts back in February and this week at State Leadership Conference," sponsor Rebecca Kenealy said. This year was the first time some of my students participated in FCCLA STAR events and it has been fun to hear them talk about what they want to do next year."

The following individuals received a gold and qualified for National FCCLA in Anaheim, CA this summer June 28-July 4th: Dalynn Pokorny in Digital Stories for Change as an online STAR event, Emma Scherrer in Life Event Planning, Abby and Olivia Jones in Chapter Service Project Display. Christian Steinwandt received a silver in Focus on Children, as did Kayley Renslow in Interior Design. Jordan Rigel received a bronze in Interpersonal Communications, as did Sabryna Rigel in Career Investigation. Projects are scored out of 100 points and the three of them scored over 99 points.

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From left to right: Emma Scherrer, Dalynn Pokorny, Olivia and Abby Jones will move on to the National FCCLA competition this summer in
Anaheim, CA. Photo submitted.

"Late in the fall semester students start to choose which STAR project they would like to work on," Kenealy said. "There are a lot of events for students to choose from, some are individual and some are group projects. The topics range from Interior Design to Chapter Service Projects to Entrepreneurship and many more. The students work outside of class time on their projects so they have to be pretty independent. Each competition they get evaluated and scored on a rubric set by FCCLA, between competitions they make improvements based on the feedback they receive."

Kenealy, who teachers Family Consumer Science at North Tama, took over the FCCLA program after the retirement of Mrs. Halupnick, who she believes "had a great program and a great history of students participating in FCCLA."

"I wanted to be able to provide the same opportunity to the students that has been there for this community in years past," Kenealy said. "Part of what makes FCCLA so attractive to students is that they get to take on leadership roles and create projects that impact their families and the community. I think this year has been great because I can see how much the students have learned from their projects and I know they have taught me a lot through the process as well."

 
 
 

 

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