FCCLA Family Night Banquet
The annual FCCLA Family Night Banquet began at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27 after power was restored to the west end of Pierce. President Amy Venteicher called the meeting to order and began the program before supper. Officers from this school year presided at the head table. They are Amy Venteicher, president; Laurie Venteicher, vice president; Hannah Higgins, secretary; London Sindelar, treasurer; Abbey Buettgenbach, historian/public relations officers; Nicole Sullivan, STAR chairperson and District 8 representative, and Alissa Hoffmann, community outreach and Power of One chairperson.
Guest speaker Hannah Wright is the FCCLA National Vice President of Membership. She spoke about the personal improvement that membership in FCCLA helped her to accomplish.
FCCLA members who had completed their first year received their gold pins. They are Kira Arnold, Nicole Carstens, Tiffany Cheval, Kaylee Dankert, Jessica DeGroff, MaKayla Douglass, Kody Dunn, Daneesa Harvey, Ciera Henery, Paige Herda, Callie Kolterman, Preston Lawrence, Hope Pedersen, Natalie Retzlaff, Shelby Ronspies, Macy Rowley, Paige Spieker, Maggie Urwin, and Destyne White.
Then other members were recognized for their years in FCCLA: two-year members Brendon Acklie, Sydney Acklie, Taylor Aschoff, Autumn Baumann, Cecelia Herda, Hannah Higgins, Alissa Hoffmann, Mariah Rhodes, Nicole Sullivan, Elaina Tucker, Jake Ussery, and Martina Wickett; three-year members Bobbie Buettgenbach, Victoria Dannar, Amy Fleer, Abby Johnson, Haley Oestreich, London Sindelar, Amanda Thackston, and Danika Wieting; four-year member Abbey Buettgenbach; and first-ever five-year members Amy Venteicher and Laurie Venteicher.
Four members had completed all five Power of One modules, and they received awards: Alissa Hoffmann, London Sindelar, Amy Venteicher, and Laurie Venteicher.
STAR stands for Students Taking Action for Recognition, and members compete with projects that they present. Awards went to eleven members. In Advocacy: Nicole Sullivan (1st place silver at districts, 1st place silver at state, qualified for nationals); Applied Technology: Laurie Venteicher (silver at districts); Career Investigation: Abbey Buettgenbach (silver at districts); Chapter Service: Taylor Aschoff and Alissa Hoffmann (silver at districts); Family Challenges: Hannah Higgins (silver at districts); Focus on Children: London Sindelar and Dani Wieting (runner up gold at districts); Illustrated Talk: Martina Wickett (silver at districts); Life Event Planning: Amy Venteicher (top gold at districts, top silver at state); Recycle and Redesign: Melinda Ussery (top silver at districts, top silver at state, qualified for nationals).
FCCLA gives honorary memberships to outstanding community individuals who help the organization. The group honored two people this year, Sara Baumann and Dee Rathjen.
Hannah Higgins received the award for outstanding candy-gram salesperson for the second year in a row. London Sindelar had been awarded the FCCLA Kikoman Scholarship to travel to Japan for six weeks this summer, and she received recognition for her achievement.
Summer incentive winners, those who have earned enough points to go on a fun trip, are Dani Wieting, Laurie Venteicher, Amy Venteicher, Shelby Ronspies, Taylor Aschoff, Melinda Ussery, Autumn Baumann, Abbey Buettgenbach, London Sindelar, Nicole Sullivan, Hannah Higgins, Tiffany Cheval, Jake Ussery, and Alissa Hoffmann.
Outstanding class member awards went to one person in each grade based on points earned in FCCLA activities this year. Shelby Ronspies was the eighth grade outstanding member with 75 points, freshman was Hannah Higgins with 136.5 points, sophomore was Alissa Hoffmann with 171, junior was Abbey Buettgenbach with 133.5, and the senior’s outstanding member was Amy Venteicher with 191.5 points. The overall outstanding FCCLA member award went to Laurie Venteicher with 225.5 points.
Throughout the day and that evening there was a silent auction of themed baskets and buckets of gifts assembled by members and their families. Winning bidders for each basket were announced, and the proceeds of the auction go to Children’s Miracle Network and Dalton White.
The evening ended with installation of new officers for the 2012-2013 school year:
President London Sindelar, vice president and District 8 rep Alissa Hoffmann, secretary Taylor Aschoff, treasurer Autumn Baumann, public relations officer Hannah Higgins, historian Shelby Ronspies, STAR chairperson Nicole Sullivan, Power of One chairperson Kaylee Dankert, and community outreach chairperson Martina Wickett.
Abbey Buettgenbach had created a slide show of FCCLA activities and accomplishments over the year and a senior tribute, which she presented, and Amy Venteicher and Laurie Venteicher said their goodbyes and thank-yous along with sponsor Mrs. Cheryl Timm. Mrs. Timm said that there were 103 reservations for the Family Night, and as she looked back over the year, she was most pleased with everything the group had accomplished.
Amy Venteicher, who had to ad-lib some jokes and riddles a couple of times because of the electricity delay, said, “I’m glad the banquet went well, considering we didn’t have power.”