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14 Students in FBLA Competition

Apr 18, 2014 by

by Elizabeth A. Holderman, Granite Falls School District Administrative Assistant/Community Relations
Logo_FBLAFourteen Granite Falls high School students will be participating in the state FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) competition in Seattle, April 17 – 19, 2014. All students are competing in tests of one type or another.  Those who are taking objective subject matter tests like Accounting, Personal Finance and Business Communications will find out the results of their scores on Saturday morning at the awards ceremony taking place at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle.  However, there are three events in particular where the students had to pre-qualify at the state level in order to make presentations, speeches and role play scenarios at the state conference.  Of approximately 45 entries submitted in early March only the top 15 get to participate in making these types of presentations and ALL of our competitors in these three events made it to the top 15 round.  The events and the students for these 3 events are:

Digital Design & Promotion:

Jeremy Miller, Beau Byron and Alex Turner

Sports and Entertainment Management:

Ricky Mueller and Tyler Arp

Help Desk:

Jeremy Miller

Other students participating in workshops, business tours and objective subject matter tests are:

  • ·         Byron, Beau
  • ·         Downs, Chloe
  • ·         Kamins, Will
  • ·         Koehmstedt, Jarod
  • ·         Miller, Jeremy
  • ·         Mueller, Ricky
  • ·         Murphy, Hailey
  • ·         Nelson, Hayley
  • ·         Sanders, Brenden
  • ·         Sethi, Aakash
  • ·         Todd, Kenna
  • ·         Turner, Alexander
  • ·         Vanderhoff, Alaina

FBLA advisor and business leader, Sherry Lund, commented “I am extremely hopeful for all of the students placing in the top five for the state competition, knowing the competitors this year are fierce.”  This year the majority of the Granite Falls High School students are underclassmen, and they are learning the ropes and expectations throughout each competition.  Lund further stated, “The exciting part is that this group will be around for two more years!  By the time they are seniors I think that we will see a majority of these students winning awards at state!”

The entire state experience helps the students to grow and mature as leaders in the business area, and they each receive opportunity to be involved members in this organization.  Student competitors, along with educators and business leaders from all over the state, will congregate for the competition. The experience of these competitions is inimitable.  They will be able to foster new relationships and networks that will help them grow as young business leaders. “It is a pleasure to work with them and be their advisor,” said Lund.

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