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FBLA teaches students important business skills

February 01, 2019

FBLA teaches students important business skills

By Brooke Haase


                Future Business Leaders of America offers students many opportunities to gain awesome leadership skills. The West Point – Beemer High School FBLA chapter is sponsored by Stephanie Holdsworth and boasts 18 members.

The chapter has five officers including Brooke Haase, President; Mitchell Lierman, Vice President; Ben Vander Griend, Secretary; Gage Vance, Treasurer; and Abby Boell, Reporter.

The chapter hosts many activities throughout the year in order to raise money to attend their state competition in Omaha.

 One night in November, the chapter sets up twenty gaming consoles in the gym and students pay ten dollars to play for the night.

Mitchell Lierman, Vice President, said, “We all came together for the night to play some games and had a lot of fun!”

Abby Kaup, a student at West Point – Beemer attended game night. She said, “Game night is a lot of fun and it is a great way for students to interact with each other.”

Also during the year, they sell puffins, flavored pastries, which are the featured pastries. They also sell Butter Hearts and Pizza. The pastries cost $14 for a box and a box of pizza is $14.50. The chapter is currently selling puffins. If you would like to order, you can find an FBLA member and place your order before February 8.

Then in March, they have a pancake feed. It is a free will donation open to the public. This year, the pancake feed will be held March 16 in the high school cafeteria.  

In order to prepare for state, the chapter will travel to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Business competition next week Friday. While on campus, they take a variety of tests such as Business Communications, Accounting, and Personal Finance.

Also, some people take part in a job interview. Awards are given out for the top winners. Last year, Cole Hughes placed 5th in Business Calculations, and Leigh Jahnke placed 6th in Job Interview.

Each year, students work on projects that are sent in for the three day state competition in April. Projects can vary from creating websites to making videos.

While the members are at state, they take a variety of tests and attend different sessions to help them become better business leaders.

Last year, the members were very successful, according to Holdsworth. Ten different participants placed in nine different events.

The top three people in each event qualify for the National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

Seniors Leigh Jahnke and Eric Hladky received 1st in 3D Animation, Hladky received 1st in Computer Applications, Junior Mitchell Lierman received 2nd in Spreadsheet Applications and 3d in Advertising, Senior Amanda Cuik received 2nd in Business plan, and sophomores Abby Boell and Trey Bruce placed 2nd in 3D Animation.

The chapter is looking to send even more members to Nationals this summer. 

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