Emily Carstens

Emily Carstens of Creighton will serve as a Nebraska FCCLA officer next year.

Carstens was selected as the 2019-2020 secretary of the State Peer Officer Team during the Nebraska Family, Community and Career Leaders of America Leadership Conference last week.

The conference was held at the Graduate Hotel and Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.

“The experience of going to the state leadership conference in Lincoln will be the highlight of my high school career,” the Creighton High School sophomore said. “Ever since I was in the seventh grade, I dreamt of becoming a State Peer Education officer one day.”

Carstens applied for the position in January and was selected as a finalist.

The process began at the Peer Education Conference held in February at Kearney, where she was recognized for her many accomplishments.

During the state conference, she completed a written test, presented a speech on a predetermined topic, on balancing family and career, and was interviewed by a team of judges.

“I’m so glad I get to experience this position, and I will get to represent Nebraska FCCLA at the National Leadership Conference,” Carstens said. “Only a few states that offer FCCLA in the United States have SPOT teams...This is why it is such an honor.”

She will represent Nebraska at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., this summer.

“I am very proud to represent Creighton at the national level,” she said.

Carstens is the daughter of Shelly Carstens of Creighton and David Carstens of Estherville, Iowa.

In addition to FCCLA, she is a track and field Bulldog athlete and participates in choir, band and drama, and holds a part-time job at Manion’s Drug Store.

Kim Hines earned a silver award in STAR competition for her recycle and redesign project.

She qualified for state competition with a top finish at district competition in Wayne earlier this year.

Statewide, there were approximately 600 STAR project competitors. Hines, a senior at Creighton High, competed for the fifth time. This year she used recycled glass jars, glass paint and recycled silverware to create drink ware,  in an entry named, “Redeemed Mugs.”

 Cydnee Coutts served as Creighton’s District 8 representative at the state conference, and was the chapter’s voting delegate.

FCCLA members toured the state Capitol, participated in leadership workshops and attended a career fair. The group was inspired by keynote speaker, Logan Weber, who used humor to encourage members to strive for excellence in serving their communities. Kaite Dinges, member of Jana’s Campaign, spoke about prevention of gender and relationship violence.

Creighton members Amanda Juracek, Maddie York, and Maddie Dimmitt also attended, with Paulette Hines and adviser, Jan Nelson, serving as chaperones.