Members of the Fairbury FCCLA chapter competed at the district STAR competition in Waverly on Wednesday, Feb. 7, and proved that hard work pays off with two of the three participants advancing to the state competition.
Britney Scheetz ’18, Taylea Mills ’19, and Izze Schwab ’20 prepared speeches and presentations to perform for judges at the district event, each choosing a topic that relates to family and consumer sciences.
Scheetz created a chapter service portfolio for her project, which involved going more in-depth about an event FCCLA organized and donated the funds to a local family.
“Mrs. Mans asked me personally to do it because I was adopted, and we did the Fun Run for the Garfields, who are looking into adoption,” Scheetz said. “So it just kind of fit.”
Schwab chose to present all of the things the FCCLA chapter has done this year, from how meetings are run to the service projects (including the Fun Run) they have organized. She put an interesting twist on her project as well, presenting it like a “9 Course Meal” and she was the chef.
“Mrs. Mans came up with the idea for my project. We spent a lot of long nights practicing and planning,” Schwab said.
Schwab, Scheetz, and Mills placed first, second, and third in their categories. Both Schwab and Scheetz also qualified to compete at the state level. They will present again at the State Leadership Conference on April 9 in Lincoln, leaving them plenty of time to make the necessary changes to their projects and perfect their speeches.
“Many late nights… I felt like the three students that competed this year put a lot of time and effort into their projects…To have two qualify and Taylea be less than a point away from being a state qualifier, I feel like that was a significant achievement for them,” FCCLA adviser Tammi Mans said. “We still have a lot of room for improvement on the projects that made it to state. Britney and Izze have both expressed a willingness to improve their projects for the state competition.”