Cambridge-Isanti FCCLA scores well at state

(From left) Karissa Thoma, Gretta Bevis, Amelia Schmidt, Clara Schmidt, Abigail Bettendorf each scored gold medals at the regional FCCLA competition, earning them a chance to compete at state. Both Bettendorf and Schmidt then were selected to advance to nationals, which were held June 30-July 4 in Anaheim, California.

Cambridge-Isanti High School was well-represented this spring at the state Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) conference with the theme “Land of 10,000 Dreams.” 

Five members of the Cambridge-Isanti chapter scored gold medals at regional STAR event competition in January and earned the opportunity to participate in the state competition. 

Clara Schmidt presented her research in “Say Yes to FCS.” Her research focused on the career of a Family and Consumer Science teacher. She earned a gold medal. 

Amelia Schmidt presented in the National Programs in Action category. Her presentation told the story of the local FCCLA chapter’s efforts to raise funds for the CIHS Care Closet through the Gift Booth for Youth project. She earned a gold medal.

Abigail Bettendorf participated in the Career Investigation category. She researched the caterer of an emergency physician. She earned a gold medal. 

Gretta Bevis presented a summary of the Cambridge-Isanti FCCLA chapter’s celebration of CIHS faculty and staff titled, “Dude, Be Nice.” She earned a silver medal.

 Karissa Thoma presented and illustrated a talk titled, “TSC: Tuberous Sclerosis Complex.” She earned a bronze medal.

Elections and awards

Clara Schmidt has represented CIHS for the past year as the Central East Region Peer Educator. Her responsibilities included helping plan and conduct the fall conference for 12 area chapters, as well as the MidWinter STAR Event competition. She concluded her year by conducting the Central East Area meeting at the State event. 

Abigail Bettendorf was a candidate for the Central East Region officer team. She was elected to the position of president for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Special recognition was given to the following:

- Clara Schmidt - Chapter Spark Award, one of 37 honorees in the state

- Abby Bettendorf - New Member Award, one of 35 honorees in the state

- Charity Allen and Jackie Alderman, CIHS FCCLA advisors, were presented with the “New Horizon Advisor Award” presented to advisors in their first to fifth years of advising.

At the closing conference session, Cambridge-Isanti was awarded a special trophy for achieving three or more gold medals at the state STAR event competition. 

Abby Bettendorf and Clara Schmidt were named national advancers in their STAR Event category competition. They have earned the opportunity to compete at the National Leadership Conference, June 30-July 4, in Anaheim, California.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a student leadership organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address personal, family, work and societal issues through career and technical, family and consumer sciences education. Their objective is to focus on individual growth, preparation for family life, careers, leadership and action for a better world.  

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