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A national STAR; Osakis 8th grader is among top 10 in nation

Kadyn Triebenbach researched and presented information about being an elementary music teacher at the Family, Career, Community, Leaders of America's National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. (Contributed)

This summer, members of Family, Career, Community, Leaders of America — known as FCCLA — from across the country gathered in Nashville, Tennessee July 2-6 for the organization's National Leadership Conference.

It was a time to network with fellow members, attend program workshops and leadership sessions, and take part in competitive events.

Kadyn Triebenbach, an Osakis eighth-grader, earned her way to Nashville and created memories that will last a lifetime.

"The FCCLA school activity offered through our school is life changing," she said. "The FCCLA group is a group of leaders, changing the world today for a brighter tomorrow. We have the power of change things, and through the STAR events we do — we change it for the better."

STAR, Students Taking Action with Recognition, includes competitive events that recognize members for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.

To advance to the nationals, Kadyn received the best score in her STAR event category at the state leadership conference back in March.

"When I was at Nashville, I was able to meet people from the majority of all 50 states and Puerto Rico," Kadyn said. "I was able to talk to them about their STAR events and schools."

Kadyn presented her STAR event, "Teach and Train," to three judges. For the category, she had to pick a career and she selected elementary music teacher. Then, she had to research information and teach a class in that field. She taught first grade music classes.

For the presentation part of her project, she created a portfolio that included two essays and other information about being a teacher. She also had to prepare a speech showcasing what she learned about being a teacher and her classroom experience.

Kadyn received a silver medal in her category.

Kadyn heard many speakers at the convention and her favorite was Hoan Do. "Hoan talked about how we need to keep a good song in our head even if something bad happens," she said.

She also got to see the new officers being elected during the closing session.

Even though going to the national conference was an amazing experience, Kadyn said it would have been even better if some of her chapter members were there.

"One of the sessions I went to was on fundraising. With the ideas that I came back with, I hope that we, as a chapter, can do more fundraising so it is more affordable for students who want to go to NLC," she said.

Kadyn had the chance to take tours around Nashville with her mother, Shelly Engfer-Triebenbach, and grandmother, Lyla Engfer.

"We visited many landmarks and drove down music road," she said. "My favorite tour was the showboat cruise we went on. It was a live show on a boat that traveled down the Cumberland River to the city of Nashville."

Connie Ferris has been Kadyn's FCCLA advisor for the last two years. She said, "In FCCLA you compete against a very rigorous rubric. Kadyn worked very hard to earn this opportunity and again very hard to prepare for her national level competitive STAR event. I am very proud of Kadyn. Though I was not able to attend with her, we kept in touch through messaging. I could sense that she was having an amazing experience! I have no doubt that she represented Osakis and the state of Minnesota in the professional and dedicated way I always see her."

Kadyn thanked Osakis VFW Post 7902, the Post 7902 Auxiliary, Osakis FCCLA and Osakis Public Schools for helping support her financially on the trip.

Kadyn places in top 10 in nation

This just in: Kadyn Triebenbach of Osakis placed in the top 10 in the nation for her STAR event, "Teach and Train."

STAR events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) are assessments that recognize members for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills and career preparation. Competitive events provide opportunities to showcase college and career-ready knowledge, skills and abilities; promote FCCLA chapter as an integral part of the Family and Consumer Sciences education program and connect members with peers and the community.

More than 7,600 attended the National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee July 2-7.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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