Holyoke FCCLA members who attended the state leadership conference are pictured from left, front row, Brenna Gatton, Kassidy Porter, Ashlyn Marcum, Tayler Hale and Chloie Metzger; middle row, Kyra Loutensock, Anna Chaney, Kyleigh Jaeger and Lauren Bergner; and back row, Yeidi Juarez, Rylee Oakley, Amy Mackay and Shyanne Conde. Not pictured is Savannah Burris.

HHS qualifies 6 for national FCCLA

State conference delayed due to shooter threat in Denver area

    After a memorable state leadership conference April 18-19, six Holyoke High School FCCLA members have qualified for the national leadership competition in Anaheim, California, June 29-July 5. They are Ashlyn Marcum, Tayler Hale, Kassidy Porter, Kyleigh Jaeger, Anna Chaney and Brenna Gatton.
    “All members qualifying for nationals are first-time national qualifiers, which makes it that much more special,” adviser Karen Ortner noted. To qualify, members must earn first or second place and score above an 80/100.
    In total, 14 HHS students attended the conference at the Sheraton Downtown Denver, competing with presentations in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events.
    “There were some tough breaks in a couple of these projects with the overall outcome, but every one of these ladies should be very proud of the impact they made in their families and communities and in their own lives,” Ortner said.
    The conference was originally scheduled to begin Wednesday, April 17. Holyoke’s chapter had just set out at about 6:30 a.m. when the state adviser announced that all conference activities had been postponed. Over 100 schools in the Denver area were closed due to a shooter threat. All events, speakers, workshops and meetings were condensed into Thursday and half of Friday. The bus had to turn around, and students had a surprise day of school before the threat was over and the chapter could head to Denver.

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