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FCCLA Peer Education Conference was February 24

The Nebraska FCCLA Peer Education Conference was held in Kearney, NE at the Holiday Inn on Monday, February 24 with over 450 members, advisers and guests present.  The theme for this year’s meeting was “SPOT the Different Peer Education is Making.”  The State Peer Officer Team led the opening ceremony and welcome.


Candidates for the 2020-2021 State Peer Officer Teams were introduced  during the conference.  The Howells-Dodge FCCLA Chapter was among those recognized during the awards presentation for their outreach projects.  Receiving awards from the Career Leader Team were: 1.  Howells-Dodge, 2.  Medicine Valley, 3.  Sutton, and 4.  Twin River.  Award winners from the Community Leader Team were:  1.  Howells-Dodge, 2.  Holdrege, 3.  Medicine Valley and 4.  Twin River.  From the Family Leader Team, awards were given to:  1.  Howells-Dodge, 2.  Twin River, 3.  Wayne, 4.  Waverly, and 5.  Boone Central.  The Howells-Dodge Chapter was also recognized for being a part of the “Live Like Lisa”  Challenge in memory of former Boone Central Teacher and Adviser Lisa Groth.


Keynote speaker was Kevan Hueftle, a Eustis Nebraska native, who lost his leg in a hunting accident and is currently training to participate in the Paralympic trials for a chance to compete in the Tokyo Paralympic Games.  He talked about how he has overcome adversity and encourages others to do so, as well.  Other sessions were led by Nebraska Strong, CommonGround, and the SPOT Officers.


The conference was organized and led by the 2019-2020 State Peer Officer Team and Team Advisers Angie Ehlers of Overton, Suzanne Martin of Medicine Valley, Megan Hillen of Leigh-Clarkson, Pat Kassmeier of Logan View, Michelle Irvine of Cozad and Marla Prusa of Howells-Dodge.