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FCCLA chapter wins honors at State Peer Education Conference

The Nebraska FCCLA Peer Education Conference was held on Monday, Feb. 26 at the Ramada Inn in Kearney with  460 people in attendance.  The conference was planned and led by members of the FCCLA State Peer Officer Team and Team Advisers Angie Ehlers of Overton, Suzanne Martin of Medicine Valley, Lisa Groth of Boone Central, Pat Kassmeier of Logan View and Marla Prusa of Howells-Dodge.


Keynote speaker was Kim Barrett, the assistant director of wellness services fitness programs for UNL Campus Recreation, who spoke about managing stress and overall wellness.  Jackie Freeman’s presentation “Money Talks” highlighted her journey to debt freedom. Jackie and her husband began their journey 2010 and became completely debt free in 2016. She gave the participants tips on ways to save money.  After a hunting accident claimed his left foot and he became an amputee, Kevan Hueftle felt a sense of failure in several areas of life for quite some time. During his session, Kevan shared how he handled failure and overcame it to become the husband, father, rancher and businessman he is today, all while maintaining hope to compete in the Paralympics in Track and Field in 2020.  The State Peer Officer Team presented a session focusing on the Families First, Student Body, and Financial Fitness National FCCLA Programs.


Awards were presented for the SPOT Outreach Project.  The Howells-Dodge chapter received recognition for the Families First, Student Body and Financial Fitness outreach projects.  In the Capture The Action competition, chapters winning trophies were Student Body: 1st - Howells-Dodge, 2nd – Overton, 3rd – Maxwell.  Financial Fitness:  1st – St. Edward, 2nd – Howells-Dodge, 3rd – Maxwell; Families First – 1st – Twin River, 2nd – St. Edward,3rd – Howells-Dodge.


Shown are Howells-Dodge Chapter Officers who were available for the photo:  Front row:  Katelyn Steffensmeier, Jordyn Brester and Emily Wragge

Back row:  Jessi Brester, Jordon Brichacek, Dax VanLengen, Lindsey Pickhinke and Holly Tomcak.