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Mt. Pulaski FCCLA Attends State Conference Blue & Gold Ceremony From April 19 through April 21 the Mt. Pulaski High School FCCLA chapter enjoyed a fun filled weekend in Springfield as they attended the FCCLA State Conference. Twelve members attended the conference at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. While seven of the members competed in the competitive events, the other five attended professional development workshops. The competitors were Marissa Matfingly, Cady Lowery, Joel Davis, Tyler Hubal, Trenton Trump, Caleb Coppinger, and Max VanRheeden. These students competed in both State Proficiency and National STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events. While both types of events are competitive and require preparation, those competing in STAR Events were competing for the chance to advance to the National Leadership Meeting while the State Proficiency Events were competing to be the best in the state. When students were not competing, they took part in the general sessions where they listened to keynote speaker Chef Christopher Koetke of Kendall College in Chicago. He spoke about the importance of international leadership as we become a more international society. He also demonstrated some pretty neat cooking techniques that he had learned from around the world. On Friday evening students enjoyed entertainment from The Other Guys an a cappella group from the University of Illinois. The group combined humor, Thursday - May 10, 2012 popular music, and their magnificent voices for a very exciting blend. To begin Saturday morning, all competitors received their scores and medals. The Parliamentary Procedure team that consisted of Joel, Tyler, Trenton, Caleb and Max, received a silver medal. Marissa won a gold medal in Professional Career Image while Cady received a silver medal in the Chapter Service Project Manual division. Marissa's gold medal in her State Proficiency event holds her as a stand out as the best in the state in that event. The Parliamentary Procedure team claimed the silver medal and second in the state in their STAR event and did very well. In the Chapter Service Project event, the top two competitors earn the right to advance to the National Leadership Meeting which gives Cady the opportunity to compete at the national level in Orlando, Florida this summer. This was the first time in many years that Mt. Pulaski students competed in the FCCLA competitive events and it is very exciting to have them all do so well. It is also exciting to have the first national competitor to my knowledge. The FCCLA Chapter would like to thank the Mt. Pulaski community for their support of the chapter this year and as we move forward in continuing to prepare students for their future. Submitted by: Cady Lowery MPHS FCCLA Public Relations Officer Mt. Pulaski Times In March, the annual Blue and Gold Ceremony for Cub Scout Pack 122 was held at the Mt. Pulaski Method- ist Church. Josef, son of Clint and Lisa Shehorn of Mt. Pulaski, was awarded the Bobcat badge, Tiger Cub badge, pop- corn selling badge, basketball belt loop, kickball belt loop, citizenship belt loop, 5 Go See It Beads, 5 Family Beads, 5 Den Beads, 1 Achievement Bead, and 2nd place for the Den at the Pine Wood Derby. Riley, son of Jim and Donalene DeWitt of Nit. Pulaski, was awarded the Bobcat badge, Tiger Cub badge, basket- ball belt loop, bowling belt loop, kickball belt loop, citizen- ship belt loop, 5 Go See It Beads, 5 Family Beads, 5 Den Beads, 1 Achievement Bead, and he participated in the Pine Wood Derby. Andrew, son of Becky Liesman of Elkhart and Wes Liesman of Atlanta, was awarded the Bobcat badge, Tiger Cub badge, basketball belt loop, kickball belt loop, citizenship belt loop, 5 Go See It Beads, 5 Family Beads, 5 Den Beads, 3 Achievement Beads, and 3rd place for the Den at the Pine Wood Derby. Jackson, son of Nathan and Heather Fricke of Mt. Pulaski, was awarded the Bobcat badge, Tiger Cub badge, popcorn selling badge, basketball belt loop, bowling belt loop, kickball belt loop, soccer belt loop, citizenship belt loop, 5 Go See It Beads, 5 Family Beads, 5 Den Beads, 3 Achievement Beads, and 1st place for the Den at the Pine Wood Derby. The Tiger Cubs were promoted to the rank of Wolf based on these achievements. PHOTO - Back Row (Left to Right): Josef and Andrew. Front Row (Left to Right): Riley and Jackson. Submitted By- Heather & Nathan Fricke, Wolf Den Leaders Did You Know - A Baltimore city councilman has proposed selling ad space on fire-trucks. A security firm says that India is now the top distributor of spam e-mails. China has overtaken the U.S. as the wodd's biggest food and grocery retail market. IS