Students from Wadena-Deer Creek School chapter learned skills and knowledge to become a better community member, wage earner or leaders by attending the Minnesota Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Conference in Bloomington from April 19-21. More than 1050 middle and high school students attended from throughout the state. This year's theme was "To Leadership and Beyond." Chapters from schools across the state competed in STAR events, participated in youth training workshops, and took part in general sessions led by student officers.
Students competed in more than 51 different categories through STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events. They gave presentations that were evaluated by business and industry professionals and also peer reviewed about projects they had organized and executed in the past year. They competed with these projects at the regional level and scored high enough to advance to the state competition.
Projects covered a wide scope of current issues including bullying, fitness, traffic safety, environmental issues, or any topic that the FCCLA member is interested in. There are also technical skill events that members can compete in, including early childhood education, parliamentary procedure, fashion design, and public speaking.