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Mount Pulaski FCCLA 6 Keeps the Tradition Alive Since 1951, Mount Pulaski FCCLA has been working toward improving the leadership traits of the students who work as member of the organization. era/ community service projects, recognition activities, leadership trainings, and competitive events have been added to that tradition. This year's has, thus far, been no exception. This Spring, the Mount Pulaski FCCLA Chapter has partici- Do You Know Who You Can Trust? It's a hard choice in today's financial Marketplace. With so many banks and other financial companies trying to get your business, it's hard to know who really has your best interest at heart. What's the solution?  Placing your trust in A Real Community Bank solves that problem. Because only banks qualified to display this banking seal of approval are dedicated to hometown values and hometown commitment. 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The days were, Mismatch day, Twin day, Blast From the Past day, Professional Dress day, and, Red and White day, In addition, the chapter continued the yearly tradi- tion of selling Crushes for Crushes leading up to Valentine's Day. As always, the students had the option of buying a Crush soda and adding a personaliZed note to have delivered to another student in the school on the Friday before Valentine's Day. This year 435 crushes were sold and delivered by the FCCLA. Because of the work that the Mount Pulaski High School staff does to support FCCLA each year, the members also decided that it was appropriate to continue their tradition of providing a Staff Appre- ciation Breakfast on the Friday of FCCLA week. Members showed up at 6:30am to start cooking breakfast for the staff and remained to Serve the breakfast from 7:00-8:00am. In all, 19 staff members were served a large breakfast to thank them for all that they do to support leadership development in MPHS students. Besides all of the local activi- ties that took place during FCCLA Week, our chapter was also part of the Section 12 FCCLA Leadership Meeting that took place at Athens Christian Church on Thursday, February 12. Twenty-four students along with Mr. Waterkotte spent the day attending workshops, hearing from a keynote speaker, competing in events, and running for office. All students were able to hear from keynote speaker Eric Elliot, subject of the new movie Hoovey, as he shared his story of overcoming obstacles and going beyond what you believe is pos- sible. The students then broke out into workshop sessions. During this time twelve students competed in events and three ran for office while the rest attended workshops put on by Buffalo Wild Wings, The St. Louis Dairy Council, Lincoln- Land Culinary School, The National Guard, and a local alpaca farmer. Of the students who competed, all advanced to the State Leader- ship Conference which was held in Springfield from April 17-18. In addition, three students were elected to serve as Section 12 Offi- cers for the 2015-2016 school year. Felipe Buenrostro, Max Coppinger, and Olivia Letterle beat out candi- dates from other area schools to earn their spots on the new Section Executive Council. Their offices will be determined when the coun- cil meets at the beginning of next school year. After returning from the meet- ing, a group of students was imme- diately busy readying themselves to present Valentine's for Vonderlieth on Valentine's Day. The students went to Vonderlieth to present Val- entine's cards and help with activi- ties during the day on the 14th. The chapter is now busy planning the activities of the rest of the year, On March 13, FCCLA hosted the second of their yearly blood drives at the high school and collected 29 units of blood for the Central Illi- nois Community Blood Center. The schedule then moved to State Leadership Conference on April 17th. Thirteen students com- peted in various events at State Conference after having advanced from the Section level of com- petition. All of the students did extremely well in their events with a first place finish for the Parlia- mentary Procedure Team, consist- ing of Clayton Lindley, TJ Benhart, Garrett Johnston, Brady Coppinger, Brady Walsh; Sam Koehl, and Eli Olson. Hannah Riedie, who com- peted in Job Interview, also finished first in the state. She and the Parlia- mentary Procedure team qualified to move on to the national level competition at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Washing- ton, D.C. this July. In addition, Lauren Thompson and Morgan Kinnaird competed in Chapter Service Project and took 4th place in the state, Felipe Buen- rostro and Nate Dyer competed in Public Speaking with Felipe taking 2nd and Nate Taking 6th, and Olivia Letterle competed in Apparel Construction Junior and took first in her event. The nature of these events as well as their placements did not qualify the competitors for national competition, but it did get them excited and inspired for future years. The focus of Mount Pulaski FCCLA has now shifted toward fundraising efforts to help the stu- dents attend national competition. Because of the distance and dura- tion of stay, the cost for National Leadership Conference is approxi- mately $1000 per student. Since returning from State Conference the members have been planning and carrying out the Second Annual Mount Pulaski FCCLA Trivia Night, V- h O OI