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YOUTH: Leaders take gold at national competition

Superior and Northwestern high school students place well at the Students Taking Action with Recognition Events at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America's (FCCLA) 2007 National Leadership Meeting.

Superior and Northwestern high school students place well at the Students Taking Action with Recognition Events at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America's (FCCLA) 2007 National Leadership Meeting.

Johanna Conrad of Lake Nebagamon, Ashley Lahti of Maple, and Jenna Willoughby of Lake Nebagamon, juniors at Northwestern, are the daughters of Dan and Carol Conrad, Archie and Kathy Lahti, and Jon and Judy Willoughby. They received a gold medal in Chapter Showcase Manual, one of 16 national STAR Events available to FCCLA students.

Students presented their manual July 9. The manual is filled with information about the different projects the students completed throughout the year. Northwestern FCCLA projects included beach cleanups at the mouth of the Amnicon and Middle rivers, a Thanksgiving basket drive, bagging groceries at the Poplar food shelf, hosting a nursery at musical concerts, a penny drive and AIDS/HIV presentation at Northwestern Middle School. Northwestern FCCLA has 15 members.

"We are very glad that we chose to not only be members of FCCLA but to compete as well," Conrad said. "By working on our project and competing at the regional, state, and national levels, we feel that we have become more involved in our community and improved our leadership, organization and speaking skills."

Samantha Boortz and Amanda Patzer, of Superior also participated in the national conference.

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Boortz and Patzer, 2007 graduates of Superior High School, received a gold medal in the Chapter Service Project Manual event, a team event which recognizes chapters that develop and implement an in-depth service project that makes a worthwhile contribution to families, schools and communities.

The Superior High School FCCLA Chapter planned and implemented a variety of activities for the children staying at the Harbor House Crisis Shelter, including a cookie decorating and ornament making party at Christmas time. The goal of the activities was to help the children feel more comfortable during their stay at the shelter. Patzer and Boortz documented the need, planning process, activities, and impact of the project in a manual which they presented to the judges on July 9.

The medals were presented at a recognition session honoring all participants.

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