Vikings News · State FCCLA

Back Row Left to Right: Madison Schwarzenbach, Ryan Evans, Zoe Cole, Kailey Clatt, RyAnna Polenske, Aila Corning Front Row Left to Right: Morgan Havlovic, Lynnzy Larsen, Liz Larsen, Brianna Gable, MacKenzie Conklin, Emma Black Not pictured: Adellin Doyen


13 members from Waverly High School’s FCCLA Chapter attended the State Leadership Conference & Competition April 7-9, 2019, at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE. The conference theme was “Breaking Barriers.”

During the State Leadership Conference, 10 Waverly members competed in the state level FCCLA STAR Competition along with 675 FCCLA members across the state of Nebraska. The STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) event competitions allow members to select one event category. Each category is related to Family & Consumer Sciences education, skills and knowledge-based, family/community outreach, leadership, or community/global issues. Students then had extensive criteria to follow in which they apply Family & Consumer Sciences-related knowledge and skills, develop an in-depth service-based or learning-based project utilizing those skills, carry-out the project, and then create a professional presentation to share out the results, experience, and skills gained.

Through the state STAR competition, the top 2 qualify for nationals. Brianna Gable, Zoe Cole, Liz & Lynnzy Larsen, & RyAnna Polenske qualified for nationals through their STAR Events, which will be held this summer in Anaheim, California. Nationally, FCCLA has over 160,000 young men and women in more than 5,300 chapters. FCCLA chapters span 49 states including Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Since its founding in 1945, FCCLA has involved more than nine million youth. Below are the complete results of the Waverly STAR Competitors.

  • Kailey Clatt, Fashion Construction, Gold, 3rd Place Overall
  • Zoe Cole, Fashion Design, Gold-State Champion, National Qualifier
  • Lynnzy & Liz Larsen, Environmental Ambassador, Gold-State Runner-Up, National Qualifiers
  • Morgan Havlovic, Ryan Evans, & Madison Schwarzenbach, Chapter Service Project Display, Gold, 3rd Place Overall
  • RyAnna Polenske, Nutrition & Wellness, Gold-State Champion, National Qualifier
  • MacKenzie Conklin, Life Event Planning, Silver
  • Brianna Gable, Advocacy, Gold-State Champion, National Qualifier

Alongside the competitive events and leadership positions, the Waverly FCCLA Chapter and it’s members received the following state-level awards & recognition: Chapter Gold Award, National Families First Award, Feed Nebraska, and the National Community Service Award. One of Waverly’s FCCLA members, Liz Larsen served on the 2018-2019 Peer Education Community Leader Team Historian. At state, she led and presented two breakout sessions for FCCLA members. Aila Corning served as an Honorary Conference Assistant. Zoe Cole & Kailey Clatt got recognized for participating in Omaha Fashion Week, as well as participating in the Say Yes to FCS Signing Event for pursuing a major related to Family & Consumer Sciences. Zoe will be majoring in Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design at UNL. Kailey will be studying Fashion Design at Metro Community College. Emma Torske was invited to the Future FACS Teacher Dinner. She will be pursuing a major in FACS Secondary Education at UNL. Brianna Gable was an Ultimate Leader Finalist. Morgan Havlovic, Lynnzy Larsen, Aila Corning, Liz Larsen, and Brianna Gable received their Power of One Award. To receive Power of One, students have to complete all five modules (A Better You, Family Ties, Working on Working, Take the Lead, & Speak Out for FCCLA). The Waverly FCCLA nominated former principal Ryan Ricenbaw for the Nebraska FCCLA ADministrator of the year. He was selected and received this award at the conference. Mrs. Gregory received the ACE (Advisor Committed to Excellence).

Throughout the conference all members attended break-out sessions on leadership, personal development, family development, careers, and service. The Waverly students had an empowering experience at the FCCLA State Leadership Conference & Competition. The students look forward to bringing back their experiences to “Break Barriers,” in our own families, school and surrounding communities.