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Lake-Park Audubon students to celebrate national FCCLA week

Lake Park-Audubon students Braeden Hogie, from left, Lorin Ronken, Emily Haverkamp and Bryce Lunde have helped plan activities throughout this week to coincide with the national FCCLA week celebration.

LAKE PARK -- This week, Feb. 9-13, has been designated as National FCCLA Week by the Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

At Lake Park-Audubon High School in Lake Park, the members of the local FCCLA chapter will be commemorating the event with a series of activities geared toward awareness of the role of FCCLA in their school and community.

"It (FCCLA Week) brings awareness to the great leadership opportunities in our organization, and all the service projects we do for our community," said Bryce Lunde, one of seven seniors enrolled in the LP-A chapter this year.

For the communities of Lake Park and Audubon, awareness of FCCLA is already at a high level: the LP-A chapter currently boasts 68 members, making it one of the largest chapters in the state -- if not the largest.

"For a school our size, that's pretty impressive," noted Emily Haverkamp, another senior enrolled in FCCLA.

The LP-A chapter regularly participates in regional, state and even national FCCLA events. But they also organize in-school events such as this Friday's "Red Dress Day," where students were asked to wear red in order to raise awareness of heart disease.

Haverkamp also noted that there is an FCCLA group that is working with Grandma's Closet in Detroit Lakes and the Dakota Boys' Ranch on a "Re-use and Recycle" clothing drive, and another is working with the March of Dimes to provide blankets for patients in the children's ward at Innovis Hospital in Fargo.

The blanket project was inspired by a couple who teach at the LP-A school that recently had a premature daughter born at Innovis, Haverkamp added.

Some activities that are being planned specifically for FCCLA Week, however, include a school scavenger hunt, in which students will be sent to hunt for hidden treasures throughout the school. In this case, the "treasures" are five letters that when put together spell FCCLA.

"They have to find all five components of FCCLA and put them together in the right order to get the prize," noted Braeden Hogie, another FCCLA member.

FCCLA member Lorin Ronken also designed a poster for FCCLA Week, copies of which will be put on display at local businesses throughout the week.

Ronken and his project partner, Dylan Svobodny will also be making a guest appearance on the radio program "Hodge Podge" this week in Detroit Lakes to talk about FCCLA activities for the week.

In addition, the local bank is going to be advertising FCCLA Week on its electronic scrolling sign, and there will be a digital scroll display in front of the FACS room at LP-A this week as well.

One of the final activities for FCCLA Week will be a student dance on Friday, Feb. 13 at the high school, which will raise funds for another of Ronken's projects -- to put up an FCCLA billboard on Highway 10, featuring a photo of the seven senior FCCLA members at LP-A.

"Hopefully, it will go up in March," Ronken said.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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