Table takes crafty Brady student to national contest
A repurposed table took Brady senior-to-be Autumn Hild all the way to San Antonio, TX, where she will compete in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s National Leadership Conference.
The Hild family left Thursday to prepare for the July 6-10 event.
Hild will compete in the recycle and redesign challenge, in which participants reuse old items to create something new.
Hild works as an aide in a Brady kindergarten classroom. Her project that earned her the trip started when she found some old cans in a pasture and decided to use them as supply holders on an arts and crafts table for students.
“I wanted to make something the kids could use because I’m going to be a kindergarten teacher as well,” Hild said.
After her senior year at Brady, she plans on studying education, possibly at Chadron State College. Her hope is that the table will be a featured part of her future classroom.
Hild’s project won first place at January’s district competition in Cozad and placed in the top two at state in Lincoln. Her showing at April’s state meet punched her ticket to nationals.
She entered the final competition with a mix of emotions.
“I’m pretty confident but I know there is going to be a lot of other great projects,” Hild said. “I’m excited to see my competition but I’m a little nervous leading up to it as well.”
The projects will be judged on a variety of factors. Most important will be the display, a short oral presentation and the piece’s use of recycling and redesign concepts.
Competing is nothing new for Hild. Outside of FCCLA, she is a member of the volleyball, basketball and track teams. She is also a member of the school band.
Although she’s played sports for longer, the leadership group ranks “near the top” amongst her extracurricular activities, she said. Hild especially enjoys meeting people she otherwise wouldn’t and being inspired by the various speakers she has heard.
Hild remembers some older friends involved with FCCLA describing it as “fun,” but there’s more to it than that for the well-rounded student.
“It’s done more for me than I could ever imagine,” Hild said. “It’s helped so much for getting jobs, for just everything, helping people. It’s helped me so much, and it is something I really enjoy.”
She has seen herself grow as a public speaker and speech writer. She credits the club with forcing her to be more organized as well.
Outside of friends telling her about the program, Hild’s first introduction to FCCLA came from a family and consumer science teacher that pitched the club to eighth grade students. Hild wasn’t sure about it at first but those days are long gone.
“I was nervous at first to join but once I joined and did my first project, I knew that this was going to take me somewhere,” Hild said.
The national competition in San Antonio is definitely somewhere.