2013-04-18 / Top News

Six Linton High School students advance to STAR competition at 2013 FCCLA National Conference


From left, Heather Lauinger, Jessica Salwei and Anna Vetter received a Gold star at the State FCCLA STAR competition and qualified for the National STAR Competition for their Junior Chapter Service Manual project entitled “Give Me Something Fit to Take.” From left, Heather Lauinger, Jessica Salwei and Anna Vetter received a Gold star at the State FCCLA STAR competition and qualified for the National STAR Competition for their Junior Chapter Service Manual project entitled “Give Me Something Fit to Take.” Four Linton High School students in two events advanced to the STAR (Students Taking Action for Recognition) Competition at the National FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) Conference, after earning gold (first place) stars in the STAR Competition at the 68th Annual State FCCLA Convention, held April 7-9, at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. The National FCCLAConference will be held July 5-10, in Nashville, Tenn.

Freshmen Heather Lauinger, Jessica Salwei, Anna Vetter and Megan Martell will compete in the National STAR competition, after earning Gold Stars at the State competition.

Martell earned a Gold star and advanced to nationals with her Junior Recycle & Design project entitled “Treat Your Tootsies.” For the project, Martell recycled t-shirts to make a rug on a hula hoop. Megan is the daughter of Shannon Jerke of Linton.


Megan Martell earned a Gold star in the State STAR competition and advanced to the National STAR Competition for her Junior Recycle & Design project entitled “Treat Your Tootsies.” Megan Martell earned a Gold star in the State STAR competition and advanced to the National STAR Competition for her Junior Recycle & Design project entitled “Treat Your Tootsies.” Lauinger, Salwei and Vetter earned a Gold star and a trip to the national competition with their Junior Chapter Service Manual project entitled “Give Me Something Fit to Take.” For the project, the students went trick-or-treating to collect food items for the Emmons County Food Pantry. Heather is the daughter of Dan and Roxanne Lauinger; Jessica is the daughter of Roger and Linda Salwei; and Anna is the daughter of Arnold and Rosie Vetter, all of Linton.

Freshmen Kaitlyn Nieuwsma and Sienna Bosch also competed in the State STAR with their Junior Chapter Service Display project entitled “Treats for Troops.” The project consisted of collecting candy at Halloween to make candy bags for U.S. soldiers stationed overseas. The students then wrote out 150 Christmas cards and sent the candy bags and cards to soldiers serving in Afghanistan. Peren Knoepfle, son of Linton High School Science Instructor Kathy Bohle, was a member of the unit the gifts and cards were sent to, and the students have asked Knoepfle to speak to LHS students when he returns as part of the project. Kaitlyn is the daughter of Elwin and Heidi Nieuwsma; and Sienna is the daughter of Greg and Lenore Bosch, all of Linton.

Attendees of the State FCCLA Leadership Conference participated in trainings and sessions that challenged, informed, and motivated members and their advisers to become leaders through FCCLA. Along with more than 700 other members and chapter advisers, Linton's FCCLA chapter adviser, Jackie Wald, accompanied 14 members to the meeting.

The “TEAM ND FCCLA... Challenge Yourself” theme was reinforced in the Opening General Session by guest speaker Patrick Kasper, who inspired attendees with his motivational message, “Positive Motion,” and encouraged attendees to make the most of their powerful leadership potential. The conference agenda also included specific training in FCCLALeadership programs and participation in competitive events.

Karlee Feist (daughter of Gordon and Laura Feist) is a State FCCLA Officer, and Alex Glatt (son of Allan and Carleen Glatt) served on the selection committee for new State FCCLA Officers. Ryan Schneider (son of Ken and Donna Schneider) and Bradyn Burgad (son of Shawn and Kelli Burgad) served as voting delegates.

Brittni Brandner (daughter ofElmerandCherylBrandner) and Taryn Schlosser (daughter of William and Jackie Schlosser) judged STAR projects; while Haleigh Holzer (daughter of Paul and Jill Holzer) and Kaidra Larson (daughter of Tad and Elise Larson) served as room consultants during the State Conference.

Students attending the conference also participated in a variety of service learning activities to raise money for the statewide service project, Children’s Miracle Network. During the 2012-13 school year, North Dakota FCCLA members have raised over $40,000 in support of the Children’s Miracle Network specifically Sanford’s Hospital in Fargo. The organization has pledged to raise $100,000 over a 5-year period.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America 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 more than 190,000 members and more than 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than 10 million youth since its inception 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.

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