RaeAnne Blevins, Ella Burrows, Mrs. Judy Stuckey, Adan Gutierrez, Addison King, and Maddison Jaso
The Satanta High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl Team, consisting of RaeAnne Blevins, Adan Gutierrez, Ella Burrows, Addison King, and Maddison Jaso, captured second place at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia, June 28-July 2.
To reach the championship round, the team competed against 15 other teams representing high schools of all sizes from across the country. On Friday, June 29, the team made the quarterfinal round of eight, qualified for the semifinal round of four, and advanced to the championship round, which was held later on Sunday, July 1. In the championship round, a team from Brookings, South Dakota, defeated Satanta with a score of 75-115.
Knowledge Bowl involves, according to the national FCCLA website, a three-level team competition that challenges students' knowledge in six content areas:
The competition is part of the larger FCCLA organization, a “national Career and Technical Student Organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education.” The organization has more than 160,000 members in 5,300 chapters spread across 49 states, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Mrs. Judy Stuckey, who serves as Satanta Junior-Senior High School’s Family and Consumer Science (FACS) teacher, sponsors the Satanta FCCLA chapter. Mrs. Stacey King, a Kindergarten teacher at Satanta Elementary, attended the national convention as a school sponsor and event judge.
Travel expenses to Atlanta were covered by FCCLA fundraising efforts that included three take-out meals. The team wishes to thank the community of Satanta and members of the surrounding area for helping make the trip to Nationals possible. Without the support of Satanta, USD 507, and individuals in the community, this trip would not have been possible.
Each spring, the Satanta Chamber of Commerce selects two students to represent the community of Satanta as Chief and Princess. These Satanta High School students are selected following an interview with Satanta Chamber of Commerce Board Members. In addition to the interview process, in order to be considered for this community honor, candidates must meet certain requirements: complete a formal application, write a 100-word essay as to why he or she is interested in serving as Chief or Princess, and submit a letter of reference from a teacher at Satanta High School.
Being selected comes with a list of responsibilities. The Chief and Princess must attend the Haskell County Fair Parade, attend two Satanta Day Parades (one to begin the year of service and one to end the year of service), attend the annual Satanta Chamber of Commerce Banquet, and choose one at least additional area parades to participate in. The selected candidates receive a $500 scholarship to be used at the college or university of their choice.
This year, the Satanta Chamber is proud to announce that Adan Gutierrez and Ella Burrows were selected as Chief and Princess for 2018. Jeremy Clingenpeel, Satanta Chamber President, said of this pair of candidates: “These two were probably two of the best interviews I have ever been a part of." The two accepted these titles at a ceremony preceding the Satanta Day Parade at which Kaden Anthony and Carley Oxford transferred their 2017 titles.
Gutierrez, a junior at Satanta High School, participates in a large number of extracurricular activities: FCCLA, FBLA, art, student council, scholar’s bowl, forensics, KAYs, NHS, and FFA. Gutierrez has also been a basketball manager for all his years in high school. Gutierrez maintains a GPA of 4.0. Gutierrez attends the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. He has been a volunteer at the Satanta Area Arts Council’s Kids’ College, and he will work this summer at the Dudley Township Library as a Summer Reading assistant.
Burrows, a freshman at Satanta High School, participates in cross country, volleyball, basketball, track, FCCLA, FBLA, scholars’ bowl, forensics, and KAYs. Burrows is also on the superintendent's honor roll with a cumulative 4.0 GPA. She attends the Satanta United Methodist church where she has participated in a number of community activities including assisting in community food drives and helping coordinate and deliver supplies for the church’s annual school supply campaign. Burrows will spend her summer as a lifeguard at the Satanta Pool.
Houston Friend, a sophomore at Satanta High School, is among six students selected to be members of the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) Student Advisory Team (SAT). In this role, Friend will provide student input to the KSHSAA Executive Board, KSHSAA Board of Directors, and Association staff regarding issues involving students. The team will also serve as a sounding board on proposals affecting students. According to the communication Friend received regarding his selection, “KSHSAA wishes that each team member will develop a network and communicate with other students regarding advisory team positions and express student opinions relative to the KSHSAA activities, rules and policies.”
Friend has attended Satanta, USD 507, for this entire educational career. An active student, Friend participates in football, basketball, and baseball. He is a member of Student Council, FBLA, S-Club, and National Honor Society. He maintains a 4.0 grade-point average. Mr. Tim Dusin said of Friend, “We were very excited when Houston decided to submit his application for this position. Houston’s involvement in school activities and athletics will be a great asset for the KSHSAA’s Student Advisory Council. Houston is not only a student-athlete but a great person. He will be a great representative of student-athletes, Satanta, small schools and Southwest Kansas.” He is the son of Clark and Brenda Friend of Satanta.
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