Snow, ice and school cancellations didn’t seem to stop the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) from excelling on Feb. 10 in the Tri-Cities at the Winter Conference.
Several members placed in the top six and are now advancing to state in the following events.
Accounting 1: Hannah Peha, 2nd place
Advertising: Lauren Bergman, 1st place
Agribusiness: Katie Leinweber, 3rd place
Business Calculations: Andrew Dutton, 6th place
Business Communications: Katie Leinweber, 1st place; Celina Kidby, 3rd place
Business Ethics: Lauren Bergman & Katie Leinweber, 1st place; Ashleigh Anderson
& Sadie Wegner, 4th place
Business Law: Yordy Garcia, 4th place; Mitchell Wilwand, 5th place
Client Service: Yordy Garcia, 3rd place; Lizbeth Llanes, 6th place
Computer Applications: Grace McKiernan, 1st place; Marissa Manny, 4th place
Cyber Security: Claire McKeirnan, 4th place
Database Applications: Andrew Dutton, 1st place
Emerging Business Issues: Josh Rose, 2nd place
Health Care Administration: Lavinia Tang, 4th place
Help Desk: Josh Rose, 2nd place; Lavinia Tang, 4th place, Nianzu Yan, 6th place
Intro to Business Communications: Clare McKeirnan, 1st place; Ellie Sievertsen, 2nd place
Intro to Parliamentary Procedures: Emily Soto, 5th place
Job Interview: Hannah Peha, 4th place
Marketing: Ellie Sievertsen & Hannah Peha, 1st place; Lauren Bergman & Katie Leinweber, 4th place; Max Titus and Nianzu Yan, 5th place
Sales Presentation: Max Titus, 5th place
Spreadsheet Applications: Grace McKeirnan, 1st place; Natalie Manny 2nd place; Emily Johnson, 3rd place
Word Processing: Lizbeth Llanes, 4th place
FBLA members prepare by first choosing an event that they either want to learn more about or one that they have already acquired skills and knowledge from having taken a business class. Wa-Hi’s School of Business offers a variety of business and computer classes.
Over the course of a few short months, usually without the interruptions from school closures, FBLA members research and fine tune presentation materials and speeches, hone production skills, and practice. Events can include speaking and presentations, presentations along with online objective exams, production tests and online objective exams or just objective exams.
The state competition will be held in Spokane in April. “I am really proud of our FBLA chapter here at Wa-Hi. Through this experience, they have the opportunity to see firsthand how important business is for their future success,” adviser Bernard Ma said.