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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

“Mission: Launch Innovation” was this year’s statewide theme for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), and the Holyoke chapter has certainly been ready to blast off to new heights this year.

They celebrated their journey at the annual member recognition program Monday, April 30 at Holyoke High School. Members, as well as their parents and other supporters were recognized for their efforts this year.

Junior Ben Martinez was honored as FCCLA Member of the Year, as voted on by fellow chapter members.



This year’s FCCLA president Jordan Zeiler passes the gavel
to incoming 2012-13 president Ben Martinez at Tuesday’s
award ceremony. Martinez was also honored by advisor
Karen Pieper with the Member of the Year Award.
—Enterprise photo


Friends of FCCLA are those people who have helped the FCCLA chapter and individual teams be successful. New Friends of FCCLA this year included Brian Ortner for his help coaching the parliamentary procedure teams, Linda Jelden for her continued support with the Dangerous Decibel program, Bob and Brenda Heldenbrand for their assistance as chaperones and Susan Ortner for her dedication to the FCCLA program.

Other Friends of FCCLA were the National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS) and AT&T, who sponsored the chapter service project manual team’s “X the TXT” project.

Recognition of Superior Effort is rewarded each year in the FCCLA ROSE awards. To receive a ROSE award, members must earn 75 percent of the total points possible throughout the year. Points are given out by participation at chapter events, many of which are out-of-school activities.

Senior Jordan Zeiler was Holyoke’s only four-year ROSE award winner.

Third-year awards went to Molly Brandt, Matt Golden, Ben Martinez and Erin Vieselmeyer. Second-year awards were earned by Trevor Dalton, Brenda Hernandez and Logan Tharp.

First-year ROSE awards, which included a letter jacket patch, were earned by Payin Becerra, Emily Bradley, AJ Brandt, Alexandria McCallum, Ana Olivas, Megan Vieselmeyer and Matt Wittman.

Chapter success at the recent state leadership conference was reviewed, and advisor Karen Pieper was proud to report 17 members will be representing Holyoke FCCLA at the national leadership conference in Orlando, Fla. in July. They will compete on four teams in three different STAR events.

Trevor Dalton, Logan Tharp and Erin Vieselmeyer highlighted FCCLA’s activities for the 2011-12 year by presenting their Chapter Showcase Manual.



FCCLA chapter officers for the 2012-13 year are pictured from left, front row, Ana Olivas and Brenda Hernandez; and back row, Megan Vieselmeyer, Erin Vieselmeyer, Trevor Dalton, Ben Martinez and Molly Brandt.     —Enterprise photo



FCCLA ROSE (Recognition of Superior Effort) award recipients are pictured from left, front row, Molly Brandt, Payin Becerra, Ana Olivas, Brenda Hernandez, Jordan Zeiler and Emily Bradley; and back row, Erin Vieselmeyer, Megan Vieselmeyer, Trevor Dalton, Matt Golden, Ben Martinez, AJ Brandt, Logan Tharp and Matt Wittman. Not pictured is Alexandria McCallum.        —Enterprise photo


New officers for 2012-13 were installed at Monday night’s program.

Officers are Ben Martinez, president and district parliamentarian; Molly Brandt, vice president; Trevor Dalton, secretary; Brenda Hernandez, treasurer; Erin Vieselmeyer, reporter; Megan Vieselmeyer, historian; and Ana Olivas, student council representative and parliamentarian.

Chapter parents for next year include Erik and Michelle Vieselmeyer, Bob and Brenda Brandt and Shawn and Marcia Dalton.

Mission Leaders—parents and supporters who act as a guiding light for the chapter throughout the year—were also recognized Monday.

Mission Leader honors went to Gloria Bergner, Jason and Misti Redman, Bob and Brenda Heldenbrand, Erik and Michelle Vieselmeyer, Bob and Brenda Brandt and Dan Ortner.

This year, Holyoke chapter members participated in seven national programs, including:

A Better You FCCLA Module of Power of One—Bianca Rodriguez, Megan Vieselmeyer, Luke Stewart, Morgan Golden, Tito Fierro, Alexandria McCallum, AJ Brandt and Ana Olivas.

Financial Fitness—Jordan Zeiler, Trevor Dalton, Whitni Redman, Erin Vieselmeyer, AJ Brandt, Brenda Hernandez, Payin Becerra, Logan Tharp, Megan Vieselmeyer, Ben Martinez, Erin Vieselmeyer, Matt Golden and Molly Brandt.

Families First—Matt Golden and Jeremy Loutensock.

Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety—Ben Martinez, Molly Brandt, Erin Vieselmeyer and Jacob Vasa.

Leaders at Work—Brenda Hernandez.

Dynamic Leadership—2011-12 chapter officers Jordan Zeiler, Whitni Redman, Erin Vieselmeyer, Molly Brandt, Ben Martinez and Trevor Dalton.

Advisor Karen Pieper thanked the students, parents and community for being so supportive in her first year as a family and consumer sciences teacher and FCCLA advisor.

More appreciation was given by outgoing president Jordan Zeiler for all the memories in her last four years of FCCLA. Newly-installed president Ben Martinez conducted the closing ceremony, confidently sharing that he knows FCCLA will “go to infinity and beyond” in the coming years.



New Friends of FCCLA this year included Linda Jelden, Bob and Brenda Heldenbrand, Brian Ortner and Susan Ortner. National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS) and AT&T were also recognized for their support of Holyoke FCCLA.       —Enterprise photo


Holyoke Enterprise May 3, 2012