Students turn out for annual competition
Chanel Weide and Desirae Rieke sat side by side in the hallway, waiting to give their presentation.
They had their talk ready, as well as a three-sided display showing photos and articles about Family Career and Community Leaders of America projects.
The two Tonganoxie High School sophomores, who are in their first year of FCCLA, were participating in last Wednesday's district meeting at Tonganoxie Christian Church.
Their presentation, during which they told judges about the club's work at the thrift shop, netted a silver rating.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the closed door, Baldwin High School students Kristyn Rhodes and Lindsay Gastelum told the panel of judges about their recent school field day, sponsored by their FCCLA chapter.
"You have to be prepared," Rhodes said just before the two began their presentation. "This can be kind of stressful and you have to have everything together."
As the students made their presentations, still others were enjoying the good life dining on pizzas brought in for lunch.
More than 140 students and judges from 20 schools attended. From THS, 25 students participated in competitions. Each school brought three judges two adults and one student.
Pam Lamb, the THS family and consumer science teacher and the sponsor of FCCLA, said she was impressed with the overall turnout, but especially with the participation of the THS students.
"We have 48 members and when there's 25 that want to do the competition, that's pretty enthusiastic," Lamb said. "I think that shows a lot of drive in the students we have I don't require them to do the competitions."
Lamb said FCCLA members must have taken at least one semester of family and consumer science classes, either at the junior high or high school level.
The convention has for years been held in Tonganoxie at the Christian Church, Lamb said. This year, the group utilized the church's new addition, spreading out in classrooms throughout the building.
"The Christian Church has been so good to us," she said. "They have let us use the church year after year and since they have this new addition it was wonderful with all the classrooms. They even called off school for us, so we really appreciate that."
Lamb said that 20 of the THS participants qualified to compete at state competition, set for April 7-8 in Wichita.
Tonganoxie students received the following ratings of gold, silver and bronze from the judges at the competition:
Illustrated talks: Janelle McCoy and Ariel Dowdle, gold;
Becky Shepard, gold, will go to state.
Chapter showcase manual: Tara Gurss, Courtney Hoffhines, Holly Fritz, gold, will go to state.
Chapter service manual: Stephanie Downs and Morgan Davidson, silver, will go to state.
Chapter service display: Desirae Rieke and Chanel Weide, silver.
Entrepreneurship: Laura Samuels and Abbie Jones, silver, will go to state.
Contests in applied technology: Erin O'Brien and Jessica Crupper, bronze.
Interpersonal communications: Erin O'Brien and Jessica Crupper, gold, will go to state.
National programs in action: Holly Casper and Beth Knetter, gold, will go to sate.
Career investigations: Rene Nido, bronze.
Parliamentary procedure: Andrea Korb, Keri Walker, Melissa Moss, Megan Lawrence, Dani Lohman, Spook Holton, Kelly Breuer and Tara Kent, gold, will go to state.
After the district election, Tara Gurss was named president and Beth Knetter was named vice president of membership and finance.