Bonduel girls strike gold in California

<p>Bonduel High School students Ashley Bergsbaken and Chloe Nolan earned the highest honors possible last month at a national competition recognizing high school students for community involvement, leadership skills and career preparation.</p> <p>Both girls received perfect scores and gold awards at the Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) competition July 10-14 in Anaheim, Calif. Over 5,000 students competed in the event.</p> <p>The STAR program is sponsored by Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), the only career and technical in-school student organization with family as its focus, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website.</p> <p>&ldquo;You present in the same way, so it wasn&rsquo;t any harder than the state competition,&rdquo; Ashley said. &ldquo;There were thousands of people competing from across the United States. It was pretty exciting.&rdquo;</p> <p>The girls last year became the first Bonduel Middle School students to advance to the STAR nationals and returned from Chicago with gold honors.</p> <p>The girls&rsquo; 10-minute presentation to three judges &mdash; adults involved with family, food and consumer education &mdash; showcased how the two freshmen taught Bonduel elementary students about healthy eating choices and fun fitness.</p> <p>&ldquo;We brought fourth-graders to the school gym and played a game with them and talked about the food pyramid and gave them healthy snacks,&rdquo; Chloe said. &ldquo;The competition was pretty cool. We were confident because we&rsquo;d been to nationals before, but we weren&rsquo;t sure how it would go with different judges and everything. It&rsquo;s exciting to win again.&rdquo;</p> <p>Both girls said they would like to be teachers someday.</p>

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Tiffany Wilbert
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Pair earn top honors at national event for second time
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