STAR Projects advance to State

On Wednesday, February 6, Fairbury hosted the District STAR Project Competition for FCCLA. Fairbury had four groups compete. Senior RJ Suey placed first earning a gold award in job interview. Leah Moyer ’21, Taryn Arnold ’21, Karly McCord ’22, and Brooke Schmidt ’22 placed first with a silver award for their chapter service project. Brittany Kroeker ’23 and Megan Mees ’23 placed second with a silver award for their National Action Program project about the pancake feed. Junior Izze Schwab created a chapter website, but will not know her results until March.

“I am so proud of all our state qualifiers,” FCCLA Sponsor Tammi Mans said. “There were a lot of late nights and some weekend work that went into their projects.” Mrs. Mans said she also appreciated the hard work and welcoming atmosphere provided by the FCCLA member volunteers, high school faculty, and the kitchen.

The State Leadership Conference is on April 7, 8, and 9th in Lincoln. The qualifiers will be competing for a chance to advance to Nationals at Anaheim, California. FCCLA will also have a team competing in the Knowledge Bowl. Team members include RJ Suey ’19, Izze Schwab ’20, Josi Mans ’21, McKenzie Layton ’19, and one other member yet to be determined.

“It was my first time doing a STAR project, so to get a gold award and state advancement meant a lot,” RJ Suey said. “Hopefully I can improve enough still to make it to Nationals this Summer.”


Junior Izze Schwab gives a speech at the awards ceremony. Last year Schwab placed third at Nationals for her STAR project. Photo by J. Johnson


Senior RJ Suey practices for his job interview. Photo by K. Starck