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Students learn career and technical skills at state FCCLA conference

Emma Mehl, Paige Barthel, Frannie Bakken, Hayley Maloney, Elliot Doyle, Caitlin Savage, Jordan Brink, Emma Taggart, Joslynn Judd, Angela LeComte. Courtesy Photo.

Students from Wadena-Deer Creek FCCLA Chapter learned skills and knowledge to become a better community member, wage earner and leaders by attending the Minnesota Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Conference in Bloomington March 23-25. More than 1,100 middle and high school students attended from throughout the state. This year's theme was "Dare to Explore FCCLA." Chapters from schools across the state competed in STAR Events, participated in youth trainings, and took part in general sessions led by student officers.

Students competed in more than 58 different categories through STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events. They gave presentations evaluated by business and industry professionals. Projects covered a wide scope of current issues including fitness, health, traffic safety, violence prevention and healthy relationships.

WDC FCCLA members were successful in their events. Emma Taggart, Jordan Brink, Hayley Maloney and Caitlin Savage were the second place team in Sr. Buzz. Angela LeComte earned a silver medal in Chapter in Review, Emma Mehl received gold on her Sexual Violence project, Joslynn Judd and Elliot Doyle were gold medal winners on Cancer Awareness.

Three members advanced to competition at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Nashville. Frannie Bakken on her Career Investigation, Caitlin Savage on Life Event Planning and Paige Barthel in the Teach and Train project.

Frannie Bakken, Caitlin Savage and Elliot Doyle were selected as members of the MN FCCLA Central West Area Leadership Team.