FBLA members make good showing at nationals
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Chase County Schools (CCS) is the proud local entity for two girls who scooped up awards at the national Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) convention in Nashville, Tenn., last week.
2014 graduate Anna Bauerle was part of the Nebraska team that was named national champions in Parliamentary Procedure. Makenna Wallin placed fifth in the nation in Desktop Publishing.
Sponsor Sandy O’Neil said this is the first time in the last four years, since she’s been attending the national convention, that two CCS students placed in the finals.
To qualify for the national competition, Wallin finished first at state competition in Desktop Publishing, while Bauerle placed sixth to make the Nebraska team in Parliamentary Procedure.
In Nashville, Bauerle’s teammates were Dylan Steinkruger from Minden High School, Abi Sheen from Kearney High School and Cody McCain from Tri-County Schools.
Both girls had to take a computerized test as part of their competition, which counted for 15 percent of their scores.
Their test determined if they made the top 15 in their division that went on to finals.
The Nebraska Parli Pro team competed against over 60 teams, with some states entering more than one team.
Wallin was one of only a few single competitors in her category, as most were teams of two.
O’Neil said she can’t take any credit for her students’ success. “Anna learned her parli pro from FFA and Makenna learned her own skills.”
There are 5,300 members in grades 7-12 from 130 high schools in Nebraska FBLA chapters.