PEKIN -- Ottumwa hosted the District 10 FCCLA STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events contest, but Pekin High School took home the silver and gold.

The competition was held by Great Prairie AEA, and each students gave a distinct entries. The topics ranged from National Programs to Advocacy and more between.

The Star Events are meant to be competitive and members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.

“I became more confident and independent through this project,” Pekin sophomore Kylie Noel said. “I liked working with the animal shelters, their families and their dogs.”

But the competitors learned just as much as they taught during and leading up to their competitions. These lessons were for life, school and their own entries.

“I learned leadership skills, and how to speak up and step outside of my comfort zone,” said Pekin senior Delaney Harbison. “What I liked about my project was how we made an impact on the community.”

The FCCLA Advisor, Kelly Goudy, said she wanted the girls’ projects to explore the community and what is helpful. She also said how complex and time consuming the projects are for everyone, but encourages students to join.

“This year we had a great turnout, I have over 45 members in FCCLA with eight doing these projects,” Goudy said.

All six girls are excited to represent Pekin at state in late March. They will present their same entries from the district competition, and hope to bring more silver and gold home.

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