Claire Pieper of Lanesboro earned top honors for her job interview presentation at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference, held July 2 to 6 in Nashville, Tenn.
COURTESY OF ROCHELLE GATHJE
Claire Pieper of Lanesboro earned top honors for her job interview presentation at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference, held July 2 to 6 in Nashville, Tenn. COURTESY OF ROCHELLE GATHJE

Claire Pieper of Lanesboro and her FCCLA advisor, Rochelle Gathje recently returned from the FCCLA National Leadership Conference, held in Nashville, Tenn.

Pieper competed in the Job Interview category and received a gold rating. She scored a 97 out of 100 possible points.

Gathje reported that Pieper was the top scorer in the Central Region, which would include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Each state was allowed two participants in this category.

In order to compete at the National Leadership Conference, Pieper had to place first or second at the regional and state competitions.

For her project, Pieper had to prepare a portfolio and a job that she researched. She had to prepare a resume and cover letter, references, research on the occupation, job outlook, college prep, community service, salary and other information related to the desired position. This all had to be organized so that when she presented she was able to talk to the judges and show her proof of research and work. The judges also asked her questions during the interview process. The questions focused on her career, her research or FCCLA. The career Pieper chose to do her project on was based in journalism.

Along with Pieper’s presentation she also attended different sessions on leadership, entrepreneurship and general FCCLA meeting business such as election of new national officers. She also attended some of Nashville's attractions such as a tour of the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville Shores and a private concert for all FCCLA attendees at the Nashville Sounds baseball field. Dan and Shay were the country music artists. Participants also enjoyed dancing lessons and a concert at the Wildhorse Saloon.

The Fourth of July was spent in downtown Nashville listening to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Chris Young and enjoying fireworks as the Nashville Symphony played.

Pieper is the daughter of Jon and Sarah Pieper of Lanesboro and will be a senior at Lanesboro High School this fall.