NC Food Innovations Team Earns National Gold Medal


NEBRASKA CITY – Nebraska City Family, Career and Community Leaders of America students earned a second place finish at national competition for food innovation.

Tara Stelling, Whitney Parker, Jillian Karl, Renae Stelling and Janice Parker were among 7,000 students across America to compete in July at the national FCCLA conference in Nashville, Tenn.

They created a prototype formula for a high-protein, low sugar Greek yogurt to replenish the body following athletic workouts.

FCCLA Adviser Mary Johnson said advancing from state competition is a big deal and earning second in the nation is even bigger.

Johnson: “It’s proof of my girl’s hard work, dedication, intelligence and perseverance. They are truly amazing young ladies with bright futures.”

The team tested their product through focus groups and developed a marketing strategy.

Johnson said “Kratos Proyo” was perfected after numerous attempts with recipe adjustments and stability studies. Their project earned 97.33 points on a 100-point scale.

She said it was also an energizing way to end her teaching career.

Johnson: “I ended up with two state officers back-to-back and then kids second in the nation for a star project, so, as I end 35 years of teaching, I couldn’t be more proud of my years of teaching.”

The team was among 250 Nebraskans to compete at the national leadership conference.
Nebraska came home with 94 gold medals, 37 silver medals and 10 bronze medals.

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