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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Four Holyoke High School FCCLA teams made up of 17 students qualified for the FCCLA National Leadership meeting in Orlando, Fla. July 6-12.

Teams competed at the State Leadership Conference at the Denver Marriott Tech Center April 12-14.

Six Holyoke teams competed in five different STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) events. In addition to the top four teams, one other team won a gold medal and placed in the top four, while another team earned silver-medal status.

Mission: Launch Innovation was the theme for this year’s conference, highlighted by keynote speaker Chris Bowers.

Bowers focused on strategies related to the importance of attitude, influence of character and the impact of values in a highly-energized, humorous presentation.

Members also attended workshops focusing on leadership development, networking, drug prevention and depression awareness.

Holyoke’s own Molly Brandt, Jacob Vasa and Ben Martinez put on a workshop on distracted driving as part of their chapter service project.

Ben Martinez is pictured during the FCCLA state convention workshop “X the Text,” which he and team members Molly Brandt and Jacob Vasa conducted last Thursday. The presentation was featured on Fox31 and CBS News Thursday and Friday.

The workshop, sponsored in part by AT&T, received media attention and was featured on both Fox31 and CBS News.

In October of 2011, students from around the country, including Brandt, Vasa, Martinez and Erin Vieselmeyer, participated in the first-ever teen-led, teen-focused National Teen Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, D.C.

One outcome was for each team to create these locally-focused summits to continue to raise awareness on the risks of texting behind the wheel. The local students organized a summit for HHS students several weeks ago and also for the state conference attendees last week.

Many Holyoke chapter members were recognized in the state meeting opening session for completing a variety of FCCLA national programs. Those awards will be presented to students at the chapter awards program Monday, April 30.

National qualifiers who earned first place and gold medals in their competition follow:

Brandt, Martinez and Vasa, chapter service project display, “Distracted Driving,” score 99/100.

Erin Vieselmeyer, Trevor Dalton and Logan Tharp, chapter showcase manual, “Chapter Program of Work,” 99.3/100.

Luke Stewart, Ana Olivas, Alex McCallum, A.J. Brandt, Megan Vieselmeyer and Tito Fierro, junior parliamentary procedure, 97.5/100 (test score 28.5/30, presentation 69/70).

Holyoke High School FCCLA members who attended the State Leadership Conference in Denver April 12-14 are pictured from left, Whitni Redman, Jeremy Loutensock, Alyssa Roll, Matt Golden, Jacob Vasa, Trevor Dalton, Luke Stewart, Ben Martinez, Payin Becerra, A.J. Brandt, Ana Olivas, Logan Tharp, Brenda Hernandez, Tito Fierro, Alexandria McCallum, Matt Wittman, Emily Bradley, Molly Brandt, Jordan Zeiler, Megan Vieselmeyer and Erin Vieselmeyer.

Jordan Zeiler, Emily Bradley, Payin Becerra, Matt Wittman and Alyssa Roll, senior parliamentary procedure, 95.2/100 (test score 26.2/30, presentation 69/70).

Also earning a gold medal and placing in the top four were Matt Golden and Jeremy Loutensock in illustrated talk on “Hearing Loss.” They earned a score of 96/100.

Brenda Hernandez competed in interior design with her “Remodeling” topic and earned a silver medal.

Chapter advisor Karen Pieper and Principal Susan Ortner served as event chairpersons for the parliamentary procedure event, and Gloria Bergner served as an event evaluator in applied technology.

Other parent sponsors included Bob and Brenda Heldenbrand, as well as Dan Ortner.

“I was very proud of our students,” said Pieper. “They worked hard, performed very well and represented Holyoke in a manner that we can all be proud.”

Holyoke Enterprise April 19, 2012