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Wilsbach tracked nutrition of MAHS athletes, earns gold at FCCLA national conference in Atlanta

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Wilsbach tracked nutrition of MAHS athletes, earns gold at FCCLA national conference in Atlanta

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A Middletown Area High School senior received a gold medal in a nationwide competition for her project tracking  nutrition goals of fellow athletes at the high school.

Hannah Wilsbach earned the medal at the annual Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Conference in Atlanta, held June 28 to July 2. She competed in the Nutrition and Wellness category.

For her project, Wilsbach developed monthly menus and exercise regimens for each member of the girls volleyball team, including six athletes ages 14 to 17.

After interviewing each of the athletes to assess their health and performance goals, Wilsbach developed the plans using supertracker.org, an online application that was created for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Wilsbach monitored the progress of the athletes toward meeting their goals throughout the project. If any of the athletes had diets low in protein or low in fruits and vegetables, Wilsbach notified them of this in order to make the needed adjustments.

Each of the students who competed in each category received a gold, silver, or bronze medal depending on their point total, with scores based upon a project rubric.

“Doing this project made me more interested in nutrition,” said Wilsbach, who is the daughter of Greg and Beth Wilsbach of Middletown.

The gold medal was awarded for the highest score of from 90 to 100 points, said Michaela Mineer, a spokeswoman for the FCCLA.

Wilsbach was one of more than 7,500 student members and advisers who were at the conference.

She was one of just 68 students from throughout Pennsylvania who received a medal at the conference, and one of only two from the state to earn a gold medal in the Nutrition and Wellness category, according to a listing of honorees from Pennsylvania posted on the FCCLA website.

Wilsbach was the only student from Dauphin County to receive any kind of medal at the conference. The closest other students were from Northumberland and York counties.

Wilsbach had won a $1,000 grant at the state FCCLA competition that she used to purchase “healthy Smoothie makers” and exercise equipment for each participant in her project, according to a press release from Middletown Area School District.

Her participation in the state and national competitions was supported financially by the Blue and Gold Club, the Middletown Area Blue Raider Foundation, the Middletown Alumni Association, and the Middletown Area Educators Association.

FCCLA is a student organization that helps young people become leaders and address important family, work and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.

The FCCLA has more than 160,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 49 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Wilsbach and other local FCCLA chapter members sponsor a field trip for third graders each year, volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, assist with the RaiderPacks program that provides food to needy district students and their families, maintain the high school vegetable garden, support the military, and celebrate cultural diversity with their annual event called “World Tour.”

Wilsbach while completing her senior year will complete an internship four days a week after school at UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic Hospital.

Wilsbach will rotate throughout different clinics and departments at the hospital, including pediatric, emergency, both the pre-and post operation surgical units, and the nursing unit.

After graduating high school in 2019, Wilsbach plans to go to Wilson College or Bloomsburg University to become a nurse. As a nurse, she plans to specialize in midwifery.