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FCCLA Members Earn Honors at National Leadership Conference

The 2019 FCCLA National Leadership Conference was held in Anaheim, CA June 30 to July 4 at the Anaheim Convention Center.  “Believe In Yourself” was the theme for this year’s conference.  Howells-Dodge FCCLA members Callie Jackson, Micah Risch, Audrey Coufal, Cara Dvorak, Janessa Schmidt, Brooklyn Macholan, Lilly Praest, and Ashlynn Throener, along with chapter adviser Marla Prusa ,were among the members from Nebraska attending the conference.


While at the conference, FCCLA members participated in leadership sessions and competed  in the National FCCLA STAR Events.  Audrey Coufal, Cara Dvorak and Janessa Schmidt earned gold medals in the Sports Nutrition Sr. STAR Event.  Silver medals were awarded to Brooklyn Macholan, Lilly Praest and Ashlynn Throener in the Sports Nutrition Jr. STAR Event.  Receiving bronze medals in the Focus on Children Sr. STAR Event were Callie Jackson and Micah Risch.


The Howells-Dodge FCCLA Chapter received the 1st Place National Award in the STOP the Violence category.  The chapter received a plaque and a check for $1000 during the Recognition Session.  Brooklyn Macholan accepted the award on stage for the chapter.  The chapter’s project focused on preventing dating abuse.  While at the conference, the members also had the opportunity to visit Disneyland, went on an ocean dinner cruise and visited Newport Beach.  The  members returned to Nebraska on July 5. 


The Howells-Dodge Chapter would like to thank all those who donated for their trip to the National Leadership Meeting and these area businesses for their support:  J & H Milling, The Dodge Criterion, J & B Auto Parts, Fiala Automotive, Baumert Furniture, Farmers State Bank, Columbus United Federal Credit Union, Charter West Bank, Pekny & Associates CPA’s, Franciscan Care Services, Svoboda Funeral Home, Jana’s Campaign, Maliha and Associates, Bill’s Food Mart, Graybeal’s Foods, Homestead Bank, V.O. Enterprises, Howells Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning, Steve and Joan Ruskamp, West Point Dairy Products and Howells-Dodge Consolidated Schools.