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FBLA Enjoys Successful Conference

Fillmore Central Future Business Leaders of America had a very successful State Leadership Conference by bringing home 39 individual and chapter awards in addition to qualifying six members for national competition.

The Chapter was once again honored as a Gold Seal Chapter award winner at the State Leadership Conference held in Omaha on April 8-10. This distinction is only bestowed upon the top ten percent of chapters in the state that have completed an extensive program of work as shown by the annual report. Other chapter awards included the Sweepstakes Award, Go Green Award and Friends of Foundation recognition. The Sweepstakes Award is based on chapter participation in ten activities as prescribed by the state office.

Sixteen members from Fillmore Central High School participated in the three-day conference by attending general sessions and professional development workshops, competing in various business events, visiting the campaign and college representative booths, and electing the 2010-2011 Nebraska State Officer Team. They joined over 2,200 students, advisers, and special guests from across Nebraska. Adviser Cindy Talley along with chaperones, Carol Rosenquist and Dayle Taylor, accompanied the group.

At the Saturday Awards Banquet, several top team and individual awards were received with the seniors leading the way in several events. Seniors Cassie Beale, Alex Shaner and Joseph Chapman had an outstanding conference by each receiving several recognitions and earning their way to national competition this summer.

Beale will compete nationally by earning first-place honors in Sports Management. She also earned fourth place in Accounting II, seventh place respectively in Business Law and Personal Finance, and honorable mention in Job Interview and the Future Business Leader event.

Shaner was involved in the American Enterprise event and Parliamentary Procedure event and also placed sixth in Public Speaking, eighth in Job Interview, honorable mention in Business Law, and represented the chapter as Who’s Who in FBLA. Both Cassie and Alex were selected from a field of over 370 participating in the job interview event.

Joseph Chapman qualified in three events for nationals and has chosen Business Principles as the one event in which he will compete. He also placed second in Personal Finance and honorable mention in Technology Concepts besides his involvement on the parliamentary procedure team.

Two reports prepared by officer team members received top recognition. The American Enterprise Project, written by Cassie Beale with the assistance of other officers and presented by Alex Shaner, Sam Rickert and Rebecca Eichelberger received first place honors. The presenters will represent Nebraska FBLA at the national conference this summer. The project spotlighted the chapter’s effort in teaching about American Enterprise through the Middle School Career Day, Money Smart November Investment Meeting and the economic lessons held at the elementary school in January. The Local Chapter Annual Business Report, which is a comprehensive report of the activities of the chapter throughout the year, qualified the chapter for the Gold Seal Award of Merit. Shaner prepared this report with assistance from other chapter officers.

The local parliamentary team also performed well and earned a second-place trophy for their efforts. Team members included Joseph Chapman as secretary, Sam Rickert as treasurer, Sally Moore as member and Alex Shaner as chairperson. Individual awards in parliamentary procedure included Joseph Chapman, third; Alex Shaner, sixth; and Sally Moore, seventh. Moore will attend nationals as part of the Nebraska team as Shaner and Chapman will be participating in other events. Moore also earned eighth in FBLA Principles and Procedures and honorable mention in Spelling. Rebecca Eichelberger received honorable mention in Business Principles and Procedures. Alison Taylor, Michele Mattison and Amaly Reinsch represented the chapter as voting delegates. They took extra time to meet officer candidates and attend primary and final voting sessions. Ashley Whitley also prepared the chapter scrapbook. Sam Rickert, Cassie Beale and Joseph Chapman were recognized as All-State Quality Members.

On Saturday, two adults also received recognition including Cindy Talley, Outstanding Adviser and Jodi Meyer, as Star Volunteer. Jodi has assisted the chapter in many ways throughout the last five years and was nominated for her support by chapter members.

Other members attending the conference who helped represent the chapter as it received recognition for chapter projects included Nicki Rosenquist, Shelby Weaver, Andrew Votipka, Bill Donovan, Dalton Carter and Haeli Temme.

The FBLA Chapter will celebrate its achievements with the annual May Honors Program on Monday, May 3. Local outstanding and quality members will be announced in addition to installation of the new officers for 2010-2011. The chapter looks forward to attending National Leadership Conference July 13-20 in Nashville, Tenn., also.��