Pictured above are the four students who competed in the FCCLA STAR events. From left, Delaney Krutsinger, Mercedes Peterson, Hayley Vitosh and Alexis Richmond. Peterson, Vitosh and Richmond will be representing Nebraska at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, this summer. (Courtesy photo)

FCCLA State Leadership Conference focuses on strong foundations

    Chase County Schools’ FCCLA Chapter had eight members attend the conference in Lincoln April 8-10.
    Those attending were Delaney Krutsinger, Mercedes Peterson, Mackenzie Soltis, Heather Stumpff, Alexis Richmond, Jorja Dannar, Gabrielle Krutsinger and Hayley Vitosh.
    The theme for this year’s conference was “Strengthen Roots, Grow Potential,” said Chelsie Thayer, CCS Family and Consumer Sciences teacher and FCCLA Advisor.
    The junior division is grades 6-9, and the senior division is grades 10-12.
    STAR (Students Taking Actions for Recognition) competition participants were eighth grader Delaney Krutsinger, Illustrated Talk, Jr.-silver; freshman Peterson, Entrepreneurship, Jr.-State Champion-silver; senior Vitosh, Life Event Planning, Sr.-State Champion-gold and freshman Richmond, Teach and Train, Jr.-State Runner up-silver.
    FCCLA STAR events offer individual skill development and application of learning.
    The mission of FCCLA is on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, said Thayer.
    “The convention is designed to help members develop specific lifelong skills in character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge and career preparation,” she said.
    State champions and state runner-ups with at least a Silver will represent the state of Nebraska at the National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, this summer. The three students that qualified to attend nationals include Peterson,  Vitosh and Richmond.

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