Cassville FCCLA groups win awards

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Seven Cassville Middle School FCCLA Students recently won awards at the Students Taking Action for Recognition event at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. Those pictured include, front row, from left: Coleman Hoppes and Lisa Lambel. Back row: Carley Klewer, Brittany Nowak, Laura Stringer, Megan Richter and Savannah Lawrence. Kyle Troutman/

Students present at STAR events at MSSU in Joplin

Seven Cassville Middle School students, all members of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) group recently won awards at the Students Taking Action for Recognition (STAR) events at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.

Four FCCLA groups made presentations at STAR, with one team taking a gold award. Megan Richter and Savannah Lawrence earned top honors for their illustrated talk on hand-washing. The duo spoke to kindergarten students about how to properly wash their hands to avoid the spreading of germs.

The team of Coleman Hoppes and Lisa Lambel earned silver recognition for their presentation on the Flip-Flop Foundation, which aims to provide shoes to African children in need.

Laura Stringer, who made a solo presentation, took silver honors for her presentation on the National Program for Action's Stop the Violence campaign. In her presentation, she spoke about bullying-prevention to middle school students, detailing how bullying can affect a student's personal, school and family lives. She also had 75 students sign pledges against bullying.

The final team, Brittany Nowak and Carley Klewer, also made a presentation in accordance with the Stop the Violence campaign. The pair spoke to first-grade and second-grade students about bullying using fish as examples for being different, yet alike.

Multiple Cassville High School students also competed in the STAR events, including the following, listed by name, topic, award and a description of the presentation:

* Megan Boyd, food innovations, gold medal. Her task was to create a snack item for teenagers that contained at least one vegetable and did not need refrigeration.

* Cameron Koehler, illustrated talk, gold medal. The topic for his illustrated talk was child abuse -- how to recognize, reduce, and report it.

* Drake Thomas, chapter in review, gold medal. For his project, Thomas developed a digital portfolio highlighting the Cassville FCCLA chapter's program of work.

* Chris Bohanan and Kaylyn Bryant, focus on children, gold medal. Their project involved creating and teaching a nutrition and wellness lesson with elementary students. They called themselves the "Healthy Heroes!"

* Elisha Michael and Krissy Albert, focus on children, silver medal. Their project was carried out at the elementary school and involved promoting reading and literacy.

* Madyson Greene, advocacy, silver medal. Her project involved creating an advocacy plan to promote safe and healthy families to become part of the foster care system to support children who need temporary homes.

* Rachel Lasley and Kathleen Hurst, illustrated talk, silver medal. The topic for their illustrated talk was post-traumatic stress disorder and the impact it has on families and communities.

In other FCCLA news, Rachel Lasley, Stringer and Hoppes ran for regional office in January in Marionville. Lasley was elected to serve on the 2014-2015 Region 11 FCCLA Executive Council in the office of vice-president of community service. This will be Rachel's third consecutive year on the Regional Council.

Six students are competing in the event Chapter Website in high schoolers Nathan Vitt, Andrew Whitham and Courtney Greek. Competing in the event Digital Stories for Change are high schoolers Morgan Shumaker, Alyssa Pearman and Jerrica Russel. A decision regarding advancement to the next level of competition will be handed down in March.