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Fulda FCCLA members particpate in STAR Events competition in Bloomington

April 18, 2013

 Fulda Free Press/Darcy Uttech
Fulda Free Press/Darcy Uttech
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As Mother Nature was causing problems here in the Fulda area, 41 Fulda FCCLA members were preparing for their STAR Event competitions at the annual state FCCLA meeting. After a later departure due to the weather, the members arrived just in time to attend the opening general session. Two chapter members were completing their assignments as they were running for state office positions. Marissa Kunerth was a state officer candidate and Courtney Heppler was vying to be a member of the state Peer Education team.

Opening general session speaker, Tom Tufts, challenged the members to always set goals and keep pursuing them. Craig Scott spoke to the 1400 in attendance about his sister, Rachel. She was the first student killed at Columbine. His heart moving presentation inspired everyone to do what they can to stop school bullying.

The nationwide program, Rachel's Challenge, has lessened bullying in many schools.

Other presenters included two national officers who addressed leadership skills, urged students to not text and drive and gave many new ideas for service learning projects. All of the conference attendees also participated the fitness fever activities. Those included TABATA Protocol, Kick Boxing, Zumba and Positive Motion.

Later during the conference, the chapter received a Chapter of Distinction award for our outstanding program of work. Then the final results were given and nine groups from the Fulda chapters earned the honor to represent Minnesota at the National Leadership meeting in Nashville, TN.

Advocacy-Taylor Kenney and Marissa Kunerth

Applied Technology-Taylor Schettler, Ruth Cheadle & Siera Steiner

Chapter Service Manual-Bailey Onken and Nicole Sauer

Chapter Showcase Jr-Courtney Zins, Courtney Heppler and Tatym Zins

Chapter Showcase Sr.-Dani Hereling, Matt Kunerth & Maddie Kaufman

Food Innovations-Katelyn Renneke, Christine Salentiny, & Sophie Spittle

No Kid Hungry-Kelsey Heppler

Teach and Train-Claire Westra

Promote and Publicize-Randi Teisler and Allison Kenney

Two other groups were named 1st alternates and won gold medals. They were Mathias Kunerth and Orin Kaufman in Advocacy and Brandon Everett and Justin Dierks in National Programs in Action. Other gold medal winners were: Aron Hulstein, Bronson Spies, and Tristan Steiner; Olivia Barenwald and Andrea Fuerstenberg; Christain Bos and John Gunderman; Alex Schmaucher and Brian Fenske; and Brandi Spies and Amber Brueker. Earning Silver medals were: April Gunderman, Kyla Fuerstenberg and Morgan Rachey; Matt Funk, Kenny Magnussan and Ryan Schmaucher.

When the new Peer Education Team members were announced, everyone cheered because Courtney Heppler was named to that team. And the last announcement was that of the new state officers who will be leading the state association for the 2013 & 2014 year. Marissa Kunerth is the new President Elect. She will then be serving as the state president for the 2014-2015 year. Marissa is the fourth Fulda FCCLA member to serve in that president elect and presidential role. Congratulations Courtney and Marissa.

Mother Nature could not curb the enthusiasm shown by the Fulda FCCLA Chapter members. Congratulations on a job well done throughout the entire year and especially during the state competition of STAR Events.


Advancing to Nationals are, back row, Christine Salentiny, Bailey Onken, Taylor Schettler, Katelyn Renneke, Matt Kunerth, Courtney Zins, Randi Tiesler, Tatym Zins, Kelsey Heppler. Front row, Allison Kenney, Nicole Sauer, Sophia Spittle, Courtney Heppler, Claire Westra, Ruth Cheadle, Siera Steiner, Dani Hermeling and Maddie Kaufman. Not present Taylor Kenney and Marissa Kunerth.

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