Recent Coldwater High School graduate Erica Wolters represented the state of Ohio for the cause of education, earning a Silver Medal at the 2012 National Leadership Conference sponsored by the FCCLA July 8th -12th in Orlando.
Ms. Wolters competed against students from all fifty states representing the fields of education, technology, fashion, the culinary arts, and nutrition. The July conference was the culminating competition that began at the regional level in March in Fort Recovery and the state level in April in Columbus. Ms. Wolters won 1st place at both the regional and state levels, beating out many future Ohio educators and earning one of two spots to represent Ohio nationally in the field of education.
At each level of the competition, students from all over the country we tested in their future fields of study, building and developing such skills as job interviewing, event planning, interpersonal communication, entrepreneurial, leadership skills and many more. A future Early Childhood Education major at Bowling Green, Ms. Wolters, at each level, had to develop a lesson plan in 20 minutes based on a theme, teach it in 10 minutes without aids, and receive a 5 minute critique. Students in the educational field were tested on their knowledge base, lesson planning ability, and their experience across curriculum in the areas of science, math, English, art, music, motor skills and Social Studies.
Representing Coldwater, Celina and the state of Ohio in Orlando, Florida, Ms. Wolters won a Silver Medal for her lesson plan entitled “My Plate.” She was also elected to be a judge at future national competitions.
Ms. Wolters thanked the following organizations and individuals for their moral and financial support: Celina City Schools and the Tri-Star Program, Mr. Tim Buschur and Mrs. Bonnie Dahlinghaus; Coldwater Teachers’ Organization, Mr. Christopher Miller; and the Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Written by CTO President and LA Teacher Chris Miller