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FCCLA soars to new heights as they 'PWR^.NOW' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

“PWR^.NOW” has been the statewide theme for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America this year. Holyoke FCCLA celebrated its success in soaring to new heights at the April 28 member recognition program.

Technology terminology was used creatively throughout the program to complement the “Power up” theme.

Member achievement, along with parent and community support, were highlighted during the evening program.

Senior Mallory Bennett was honored as FCCLA Member of the Year as voted on by fellow chapter members.



Senior Mallory Bennett, pictured at left, accepts the Member of the
Year award from advisor Susan Ortner.         —Enterprise photo


Ten individuals/entities were recognized as Friends of FCCLA at last week’s program.

Helping the chapter’s service project display team with their “Every 15 Minutes” project are new Friends of FCCLA Gerk Funeral Home, Holyoke EMS crew, Melissa Memorial Hospital, Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department, Holyoke Police Department, Shawna Bergstrom, Phillips County Sheriff’s Office, Bob Heldenbrand and Colorado State Patrol.

Linda Jelden was also recognized as a Friend of FCCLA for introducing the applied technology team to the Dangerous Decibel program and for assisting the team when they taught fourth-grade students.

Recognition of Superior Effort is rewarded in FCCLA ROSE awards. Adviser Susan Ortner presented ROSE awards to 22 members last week. She explained in order to earn a ROSE award, members must earn 75 percent of the total points possible throughout the year.

Four-year ROSE award winners include seniors Mallory Bennett, Briar Bergner, Becca Brandt and Ella Stewart.

Third-year awards went to senior Marci Vasa and juniors Whitni Redman and Jordan Zeiler.

Second-year awards were earned by sophomores Molly Brandt, Matt Golden, Ben Martinez and Erin Vieselmeyer.

First-year ROSE awards included a patch to wear on a letter jacket and were presented to seniors Brian DeBoer and Catrina Krueger; and freshmen Trevor Dalton, Brenda Hernandez, Tia Huffman, Alyssa Killin, Malena McWilliams, Audi Peña, Natali Rodriguez, Logan Tharp and Jacob Vasa.



ROSE Award winners for the 2010-11 FCCLA year were recognized April 28 and are pictured from left,
front row, Jacob Vasa, Ben Martinez, Logan Tharp, Brian DeBoer, Trevor Dalton and Matt Golden; second
row, Briar Bergner, Jordan Zeiler, Becca Brandt, Audi Peña and Brenda Hernandez; and back row, Molly
Brandt, Erin Vieselmeyer, Ella Stewart, Catrina Krueger, Mallory Bennett, Marci Vasa, Whitni Redman,
Alyssa Killin and Natali Rodriguez. Not pictured are Malena McWilliams and Tia Huffman.  
—Enterprise photo


Chapter success at the recent state leadership conference was reviewed, and it was noted 23 members will be attending nationals in Anaheim, Calif. in July.

Whitni Redman and Jordan Zeiler highlighted the year in Holyoke FCCLA by sharing their first-place Chapter Showcase Manual presentation.

Technology quips added to their presentation as they outlined the chapter scrapbook prepared for their project.

New officers for 2011-12 were installed at the end of Thursday night’s program.

Officers are Jordan Zeiler, president; Whitni Redman, vice president and district president; Erin Vieselmeyer, secretary; Molly Brandt, treasurer; Ben Martinez, reporter/Student Council rep; and Trevor Dalton, historian/parliamentarian.

Chapter parents for 2011-12 are Bob and Brenda Heldenbrand, Jason and Misti Redman, Erik and Michelle Vieselmeyer and Bob and Brenda Brandt.

Technology Mastermind recognition was given to parents and friends who volunteered to act as guiding lights for the chapter’s activities throughout the year.

Mastermind honors went to Bob and Brenda Heldenbrand, Gloria Bergner, Susan Bennett, Misti Redman and Dan Ortner. It was noted their tremendous support helped the chapter cybersurf through FCCLA conferences and meetings.



Incoming 2011-12 FCCLA president Jordan Zeiler, pictured at left,
accepts the gavel from outgoing president Mallory Bennett at the
April 28 recognition program.          —Enterprise photo


Holyoke FCCLA members have participated in nine of 12 national programs this year, with program awards announced as follows:

Step One and A Better You FCCLA module of Power of One—Trevor Dalton, Brenda Hernandez, Tia Huffman, Alyssa Killin, Maddie King, Catrina Krueger, Jacinda Krueger, Malena McWilliams, Audi Peña, Brittney Prottsman, Natali Rodriguez, Logan Tharp and Jacob Vasa.

All five modules of Power of One—Molly Brandt, Jeremy Loutensock, Ben Martinez, Whitni Redman, Erin Vieselmeyer and Jordan Zeiler.

Financial Fitness—Mallory Bennett, Briar Bergner, Molly Brandt, Trevor Dalton, Audi Peña, Whitni Redman, Ella Stewart, Logan Tharp, Marci Vasa, Erin Vieselmeyer and Jordan Zeiler.

Student Body—Jacinda Krueger and Malena McWilliams.

Families First—Matt Golden, Jeremy Loutensock, Tia Huffman and Brittney Prottsman.

Chapter Service Project—Becca Brandt, Brian DeBoer, Cody Fricke, Tia Huffman, Logan Tharp, Jacob Vasa, Molly Brandt, Ben Martinez and Erin Vieselmeyer.

Dynamic Leadership— 2010-11 Chapter officers Mallory Bennett, Ella Stewart, Whitni Redman, Jordan Zeiler and Molly Brandt.

Outgoing president Mallory Bennett shared the significance of FCCLA in her life in the past four years. She noted being a Family, Career and Community Leader of America has powered up both her life and her high school career.

She closed by challenging chapter members to take the opportunities FCCLA provides. “It’s all in your hands now, so plug in your cords, charge your batteries and push your power buttons because what lies ahead of you with FCCLA by your side is success.”

Newly-installed president Jordan Zeiler conducted the closing ceremony.



New FCCLA officers for 2011-12 are pictured from left, Ben Martinez, reporter/Student Council rep;
Jordan Zeiler, president; Erin Vieselmeyer, secretary; Molly Brandt, treasurer; Whitni Redman, vice
president and district president; and Trevor Dalton, historian/parliamentarian.     —Enterprise photo