FBLA finds success at state leadership conference
By Korey Krutsinger
The Chase County Schools Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter sent 22 members to the Nebraska FBLA State Leadership Conference in Omaha from April 3-5.
During the conference, FBLA members had many options for which tests they wanted to take and which seminars they wanted to attend. Chase County seniors Anna Bauerle, Tapainga Kahle, Jodi Koellner, Allyson Vrbas, Cassie Burpo, Korey Krutsinger and Calen Griffin participated in a job interview for a fictitious business-related job of their choice. Griffin was selected to participate in the semifinals in the job interview process.
Griffin also received the Who’s Who in FBLA award, a Nebraska FBLA $500 Scholarship and the Leader award of the Business Achievement Awards.
The Chase County FBLA Parliamentary Procedure team placed fourth overall; the team consisted of Burpo, Bauerle, Krutsinger and Griffin. Bauerle placed sixth and Burpo seventh in the individual Parliamentary Procedure test.
Krutsinger placed ninth in Healthcare Administration. Junior Makenna Wallin placed first in Desktop Publishing, in which she designed a book cover.
Sophomore Michael Musgrove received an honorable mention by scoring in the top four percent in the Introduction to Business Communications and Keyboarding Knowledge tests. Bauerle also received an honorable mention in Business Communications.
The chapter was awarded the Gold Seal Award of Merit, which is earned by the top chapters that write a Local Annual Chapter Business Report. It was written by Griffin.
Local advisor Sandy O’Neil remarked that “It was another great conference and it’s always great to see students find success in what they work so hard for.”
On to nationals
Bauerle and Wallin qualified for the 2014 FBLA National Leadership Conference this summer in Nashville, Tenn. Bauerle will participate as a member of the Nebraska FBLA Parliamentary Procedure team along with three other students from across the state while Wallin will compete in the Desktop Publishing event.
Motivational speaker Laymon Hicks, a native of Florida, delighted the audience with his great humor. Hicks imparted the wisdom that one must be positive, hungry for one’s goals and must “neutralize weapons of mass destruction” (in other words, to never give power to the people who slander you) in order to reach your potential.