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STAR competition: LPA students head to national conference

Lake Park-Audubon FCCLA members attended the National FCCLA Conference in San Antonio, Texas. SUBMITTED PHOTO

More than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in San Antonio for the 2014 National Leadership Conference.

The conference is based on the student-originated theme “SOAR.” Sixteen FCCLA members from the Lake Park-Audubon FCCLA chapter were among the members and took part in STAR Event Competitions at the conference.

FCCLA offers over 30 Family and Consumer Sciences related events, also known as STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events. These events include Culinary Arts, Knowledge Bowl, Career Investigation, and Fashion Construction to name a few.

Members compete at the District, State and National level. This year, sixteen LPA members were among over 4200 STAR Event participants who competed this week in San Antonio. This is the largest number of competitors at any National STAR Events competition.

Rilee Burnside, Lindsey Olson and Breann Hogie competed in the Promote and Publicize event. Their project focused on marketing FCCLA and received a gold medal placing.

Justin Hanson and Tory Haglund competed in the National Programs in Action event. Their project focused on traffic safety and received a gold medal.

Kristen Rislund, Madison Bertrum, and Cailey Rosing competed in the Interpersonal Communications event focusing on bullying prevention for junior high students.

Their event received a silver medal. Jack Osborne and Grant Pederson competed in the Sports and Nutrition event receiving a gold medal.

Jack Cole and Blake Polejeweski competed in the Chapter Service event focusing on the Ronald McDonald houses. Their project received a gold medal.

Brianne Huesman and Alexis Briard competed in the Focus in Children event focusing on healthy lessons for firstgrade students. Their event received a silver medal.

Lane Ulmer and Ted Schauer competed in the Focus in Children event focusing on diversity lessons for third grade students receiving a gold medal.

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.

FCCLA has 200,000 members and more than 5,500 chapters from 49 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus.

Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers and communities.