|Three HHS teams win gold medals at National FCCLA|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Holyoke FCCLA members who competed at the National Leadership Meeting in Chicago are pictured from left, front row, Nicole Brandt, Kimberly Peña, Jordan Zeiler, Megan Colglazier, Briar Bergner and Molly Brandt; and back row, Jeremy Loutensock, Matthew Golden, Ben Martinez, Erin Vieselmeyer, Amanda Ferguson, Ella Stewart, Taylor Haidle, Nora Roth, Mallory Bennett and Duncan Brandt.
Sixteen Holyoke High School FCCLA members and three sponsors attended the FCCLA National Leadership Meeting July 3-8 in Chicago, Ill.
“It was a good National Meeting, and we had a great time in Chicago!” said advisor Susan Ortner. “I was very proud of our students; they did a great job all week and represented us very well.”
Theme for the National Meeting was “65 Years of Leadership.” Over 6,100 students participated in Chicago, and Holyoke chapter members represented one of the largest chapter groups from the Colorado delegation.
Over 3,200 students took part in 25 various competitive events at the national meeting.
Fourteen Holyoke members won gold medals in three events including Chapter Showcase Manual and Junior and Senior Parliamentary Procedure. A gold medal is the top score at National Meeting and is awarded to all students scoring 90 or above out of 100 points.
Chapter Showcase Manual participants were Mallory Bennett, Briar Bergner and Ella Stewart.
Those on the Junior Parliamentary Procedure team were Molly Brandt, Matthew Golden, Ben Martinez and Erin Vieselmeyer. Senior members were Duncan Brandt, Nicole Brandt, Megan Colglazier, Amanda Ferguson, Taylor Haidle, Kimberly Peña and Nora Roth.
Additionally, a silver medal was awarded to the National Programs in Action team of Jeremy Loutensock and Jordan Zeiler for their blood drive project.
Ten of the 16 Holyoke chapter members also served as student STAR event evaluators including Ella Stewart in Applied Technology, Nicole Brandt and Jeremy Loutensock in Chapter Service Project Display, Megan Colglazier in Chapter Showcase Manual.
Jordan Zeiler in Focus on Children, Taylor Haidle in Food Innovations, Kimberly Peña and Nora Roth in National Programs in Action, Mallory Bennett in Parliamentary Procedure, Briar Bergner in Recycle and Redesign and advisor Susan Ortner in Chapter Showcase Display and Parliamentary Procedure.
Duncan Brandt and Amanda Ferguson served as room consultants in Recycle and Redesign and Career Investigation.
Highlights of the conference included keynote speaker Aaron Davis whose topic “The Power of YOUR Choices” was devoted to the power of choice and how choices influence the life one lives. “Rachel’s Challenge” was based on the life of Rachel Scott who was killed in the Columbine High School shooting.
Members also attended workshops on Fitness and Nutrition and Career Choices.
The 2010 National Outreach Project was “Children’s Miracle Network.” This program raised $241,590 across the nation to provide funds for children’s hospitals and foundations.
In addition to attending conference activities, the group also had the opportunity to participate in a 4th of July celebration on Navy Pier, visit the Museum of Science and Industry, go on a ghost tour of Chicago, visit Willis Tower and the new Sky Deck which provides a clear view of the city and surrounding states 103 floors below.
The group had the chance to eat authentic Chicago style pizza one evening, take a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan and view another incredible fireworks display.
This year the group traveled by Amtrak to and from Chicago which was an interesting experience in itself.
Sponsors for the group included Harvey and Nancy Colglazier and chapter advisor Susan Ortner.
“A big thanks to the group sponsors—they do a wonderful job keeping everything and everyone on track all week long, and a big thanks to the Holyoke community for supporting all of the chapter efforts throughout the year!” added Ortner.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.