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Katey Lutz recognized for outstanding skills in national competition

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Katey Lutz, of Kelliher, recently participated in the Students Taking Action with Recognition event at Family, Career and Community Leaders of America's national leadership conference in Anaheim, CA. Lutz, who will be a junior at Kelliher Public School and is the daughter of Tim and Karyn Lutz, received a gold medal in Focus on Children, Sr., one of 28 national STAR events available to FCCLA students.

Her medal was presented at a recognition session honoring all participants at the Anaheim Convention Center July 14. More than 6,300 members, advisers, alumni and guests from across the nation attended the meeting. Approximately 3,500 students advanced from the local, regional and state level of STAR events to the national meeting.

Lutz developed a project called Resolve It where she focused on teaching conflict resolution skills to fifth and sixth graders at Kelliher Elementary School.

Focus on Children is an individual or team event, recognizes participants who use Family and Consumer Sciences skills to plan and conduct a child development project that has a positive impact on children and the community.

Megan Hudec, Christina Grundmeier and Alyssa Daken attended the national leadership meeting as Minnesota state alternates in Entreprenuership, Jr.; at Nationals they were room consultants for STAR events. Chaperones for the trip were Vicky Rabe, Kelliher FCCLA advisor; Karyn Lutz and Carey Grundmeier.

FCCLA's STAR events are based on the belief that every student is a winner. Competition, evaluation and recognition all stress cooperation as the basis of success. Both youth and adults work together to manage the events and serve as evaluators of the participants.

Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues such as teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues, career exploration and much more. FCCLA programs and competitions enrich student learning, improve self-esteem and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations and cultural influences.

FCCLA is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has over 190,000 members and over 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members. It is the only career and technical in-school student organization with the family as its central focus.