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Sheyenne FCCLA members compete in Hillsboro

Several students participated in the STAR competition held recently in Hillsboro. They include: front, Amber Young-Ripplinger (judge), Samara Strack, Alyssa Garza, Caitlyn Gourde, Madison Gourde; back: Logan Ahern, Aly Rohrich, Bailey Aanenson, and Izzy Waite (Missing: Marisa Pacella). Submitted photo

Several FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) had a chance to shine at the district STAR event competition in Hillsboro on Jan. 25. Students had the opportunity to compete in a variety of events and each team selected the project of their choice.

Bailey Aanenson and Samara Strack competed in "Focus on Children" with a project that educated others about kidnap prevention. They provided resources for parents through an article in the school newsletter and a web page of the school's counseling website. They also hosted a self-defense class led by WFPD's Officer Gonzalez at the Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center.

Logan Ahern and Isabel Waite "Warmed the Hearts of Children" with their Chapter Service Showcase project. Having collected donations in the amount of $207, they led an effort to make 19 tie blankets. The chapter conducted a toy drive to complement their efforts and the items were donated to Nano's House Emergency Foster Care Center.

Marisa Pacella and Alexandra Rohrich competed in "Applied Technology" with an E.L.L. Pen Pal project. Wanting to extend their friendships to students in the immersion program and to help these students learn the skills of e-mailing while learning about a variety of cultures, these girls matched E.L.L. students with fellow FCCLA members. They e-mailed every week for four weeks, using guided questions and culminated the event by hosting a "meet and greet" party at the end.

Alyssa Garza, Caitlyn Gourde, and Madison Gourde created Charmel Fries as a "Food Innovations" project. With a goal to make a brand new snack product that was nonperishable and low in sugar, they came up with a "sweet treat that is salty and sweet" with only 4.3 grams of sugar.

Each of the groups performed well, earning the highest honor of a gold star rating.