Barron FCCLA at Menomonie

 Barron students made presentations at the Family, Career & Community Education regionals Feb. 13, 2019, at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie. They include: front row, from left, Michael Nichols, Winona Schneider, Teagan Mickelson, Kamal Hasaan and Andrea Bates. Middle row, Emma Thompson, Aniyah Holmes, Abby Vaughn, Kami Zurn, Lilly Davison, Kesha Palmquist, Delaney Willers, Madeline Mickelson and Isabel Massie. Third row, Ashlynn Harmon, Ethan Amundson, Mercedes Conyers, Reda Stokes, Mercedes Nelson, Maddie Rischette, Hailey Thompson and Cecelia Prentiss. Photo contributed

Members of the Barron High School and Riverview Middle School FCCLA (Family, Career, Community, Leaders of America) chapter went to the University of Wisconsin-Stout at Menomonie Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, to participate in regional competition.

The local students were judged on STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) -- competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.

Of the 28 members in the Barron chapter, 12 Barron students earned “gold” level ranking with their STAR projects and will advance to statewide competition Tuesday through Thursday, April 9 through 11, 2019, at Wisconsin Dells.

They include:

Ethan Amundson - Chapter Service Project - Made and donated weighted blankets to the guidance office at Riverview Middle School.

Aniyah Holmes - Culinary Creations - Cupcake decorating.

Winona Schneider - Culinary Creations - Cupcake decorating.

Ashlynn Harmon and Emma Thompson - Focus on Children - Taught elementary students about nutrition, portion sizes, and making healthy choices.

Abby Vaughn - Pastries & Baked Goods - Cooked a quality product using safety and sanitation.

Madeline Mickelson - Advocacy - Advocated for the need for mental health awareness.

Michael Nichols and Cecelia Prentiss - Chapter Service Project - Cop Those Cans project and started a food pantry for students at BHS.

Teagan Mickelson and Reda Stokes - Chapter in Review - Recapped the FCCLA year.

Kami Zurn and Lilly Davison - National Programs in Action, Student Body - Presented to middle school students about the impact vaping and “juuling” have on their health and wellness.

Isabel Massie - Recycle & Redesign - Created a barn-board quilt repurposing product.

Delaney Willers and Kesha Palmquist - Environmental Ambassador - educated students on the importance of water usage/shortage and donated money to help fund wells in Africa.

Earning silver rankings were:

Kamaal Hasaan - Recycle and Redesign - Candy Jar.

Hailey Thompson - Children’s Literature - Read children’s books to PreK students.

Barron students Mercedes Nelson, Mercedes Conyers, and Maddie Rischette were FCCLA Regional Representatives. They helped organize and facilitate the running of the regional event.

According to Carrie Amundson, FCCLA adviser, Barron competed against students from Cumberland, Clear Lake, Clayton, Amery, Glenwood City, Rice Lake, Osceola, Luck, Siren, and Hudson at the UW-Stout event.

Each participating school also sent “evaluators” who judged the events. They include retired educators, current school district employees, principals, superintendents, business personnel, school board members and college students.

“We look for judges who have experience in the areas they will be evaluating,” Amundson said.

Barron was represented by evaluators Dan McNeil and Greg Mikunda, who helped judge events including Career Investigation and National Programs in Action, Student Body.