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The Maxwell FCCLA team: Front row, from left: Myah Essman, Shea Frisbie, Harley Kuenning and Kaycee Boltz. Middle row: Jagger Baird, Grant Vedder, Ellery Simpson, Zaylie Pelland, MacKenzie Vedder, ShaeLeigh Fletcher and Zoe Francescato. Back row: Tate Gurciullo, Grace Sommer, Janie Sommer, Kelsey Thomas and Megan Pendergast.

More than 1,100 students attended the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State leadership Conference in Lincoln, April 24, including a team from Maxwell.

The conference took place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena and various hotels around the Haymarket area.

Over the three-day conference, students were able to participate in large group and small group sessions and workshops led by inspiring speakers on relevant youth issues.

Topics included leadership development, time management, entrepreneurship, healthy relationships, Fuel Up to Play 60! and more.

This year, more than 500 students also competed in STAR events at the conference. STAR events (Student Taking Action with recognition) recognized members for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.

The top two in each STAR event will compete at the national competition in Nashville, Tenn. in July.


The Maxwell chapter was successful.

Zoe Francescato was recognized as an Ultimate Leader Finalist, and Jett Simpson and Megan Pendergast received honorable mention for Ultimate Leader.

Kelsey Thomas, Hannah Zimlich, Bailey Manka, and Jaclynn Butler were recognized as being recipients of Power of One.

The Maxwell Chapter was awarded the Gold Star Chapter Award.

Chance Donohoe, Kaycee Boltz, and Harley Kuenning earned bronze medals.

Jordan Miller, Natilee Mintle, Alex Cox, Jack Meyer and Danika Cumming received silver medals.

The following students will represent Nebraska FCCLA in STAR this July at the national: Jett Simpson, Zoe Francescato, Zaylie Pelland, and ShaeLeigh Fletcher received Runner Up.

Megan Pendergast was awarded runner up with a gold medal. Grace Sommer, Janie Sommer, Tate Gurciullo, Grant Vedder, Jagger Baird and Kenzie Vedder were recognized as state champion, and Shea Frisbie and Myah Essman was awarded state champions with gold medals.

In addition, Kelsey Thomas was elected vice president of public relations for the 2017-18 state officer team.


Students also checked out the Opportunity Fair to connect with partners they can work with on local projects as well as visiting large variety of colleges and universities from the Midwest to discover postsecondary opportunities.

In addition, students had the opportunity to give back to the Lincoln community through FCCLA Serves.

More than 140 students participated in service projects at places such as the People’s City Mission, Lincoln Children’s Museum, CEDARS, and Keep Lincoln Beautiful.

If a service project wasn’t for them, they could choose from tour options such as the UNL Food Innovation Center, Food Bank of Lincoln and the Hilton Garden Inn back of the house operations.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/21/2017
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