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Four teams take gold at FCCLA nationals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Nineteen Holyoke High School FCCLA members and four sponsors attended the FCCLA National Leadership Meeting July 11-16 in Nashville, Tenn. The theme for the National Meeting was “Beyond the Label.”

There were over 5,300 participants at the National Leadership Meeting, and Holyoke Chapter members represented the largest portion of the 150-member Colorado delegation.

Ten Holyoke members won Gold Medals in four events including, Chapter Service Project Display, Chapter Showcase Manual, Illustrated Talk and Junior 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.

The Junior Parliamentary Procedure team was one of only three Junior Teams receiving a gold medal in the STAR event awards program recognizing event participants from the Pacific and Central Regions. A second awards program honored participants from the North Atlantic and Southern regions.

Events guidelines were revised this year, and each event was scored on a rubric rather than the traditional scoresheet. Although an official count was not available, it was apparent that many fewer Gold Medals were given than in previous years.

Three Holyoke teams earned Silver Medals including the Applied Technology Team, Junior Career Investigation and Senior Job Interview. There were over 2,900 STAR event participants in 22 different events.

Holyoke’s results are as follows:

Duncan Brandt, Nicole Brandt and Geoffrey Mattson—Senior Chapter Service Project Display, Gold.

Kyle Carper and Megan Colglazier—Senior Chapter Showcase Manual, Gold.

Jeremy Loutensock—Junior Illustrated Talk, Gold.

Emily Bradley, Amy Krogmeier, Erin Lebsack and Whitni Redman—Junior Parliamentary Procedure, Gold.

Mallory Bennett, Ella Stewart and Marci Vasa—Senior Applied Technology, Silver.

Jordan Zeiler— Junior Career Investigation, Silver.

Janna Smith—Senior Job Interview, Silver.

In order to run events, 500 individuals served as Event Evaluators with an additional 350 advisors and students serving as room consultants.

Many of the chapter members also served as student STAR event evaluators including: Duncan Brandt in Applied Technology; Megan Colglazier in Chapter Service Project Display; Mallory Bennett in Chapter Showcase Display; advisor Rebecca Helm in Chapter Showcase Manual; Nicole Brandt in Life Event Planning.

Janna Smith in Illustrated Talk; Kyle Carper, Heather Duester and Kimberly Peña in National Programs in Action; Ella Stewart, Marci Vasa and advisor Susan Ortner in Parliamentary Procedure; Briar Bergner in Recycle and Redesign; and Becca Brandt in Teach and Train.

Additionally, Geoffrey Mattson served as a student room consultant in the Applied Technology event.

Highlights of the Conference included: Keynote Speaker, Staff Sergeant Ken Weichert who encouraged the delegates to go beyond the label and become leaders of character, presence and intellectual capacity. Members should have purpose, direction, motivation and leadership.

Members throughout the week examined and discussed families, schools and community violence prevention, physical as well as financial fitness, future career exploration and countless community service projects. The 2009 National Outreach Project was “Feed The Children,” Chapters across the nation donated more than $214,500 to the Feed the Children program.

In addition to attending conference activities the group also had the opportunity to tour The Hermitage, (Andrew Jackson’s Home), and Carter House (site of the Battle of Franklin during the Civil War). Other highlights included a Nashville Sounds baseball game and fireworks display, a riverboat cruise and country music show aboard the General Jackson Paddlewheeler and an evening at the Grand Ole Opry.

Sponsors for the group included Nancy Colglazier and Bob Brandt, and chapter advisors Rebecca Helm and Susan Ortner.

Ortner commented, “It was a good national meeting, and we had a great time in Nashville! I was very proud of our students; they did a great job all week and represented us very well.”

The chapter appreciates the group sponsors for keeping everything and everyone on track all week long, and the Holyoke community for supporting all of the chapter efforts throughout the year.