Students build business experience at FBLA state
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Rhinelander High School students represented 19 of approximate 2,400 students at the recent Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference, held in La Crosse. Each student in attendance had the goal of making it to the next step, national competition in Baltimore, Md.
Rhinelander students competed in business-related events like Accounting and Business Communications, all of which required taking a 100-question test. Many events also included role plays, in which a person is given a situation, which must resolved by communicating with a judge. There were also several speaking events that were prepared impromptu or in advance.
Placement in the top four of each event automatically qualifies an individual or team for nationals. In two of the events, Rhinelander students Katrina Schnoor and Mathew Herman earned second place, in Healthcare Administration and Personal Finance, respectively. Josh Hurlburt took third in his event, Graphic Design. Will England, Jared Haug and Markus Johnson also qualified to go to Baltimore by placing third in their team event, Management Decision Making.
Also recognized were Ashley Adams and Alec Lowry, fifth place as a team in Global Business; Gwyneth Lowry, fifth in Intro to Business Procedures; Karyn Roberts, sixth in Healthcare Administration; Abby Krueger and Lauren Rosendahl placed seventh in the Social Media Campaign event.
As a whole, Rhinelander placed 14th in Outstanding Chapter out of over 50 chapters throughout the state. The chapter was also recognized for its community service efforts based on amount of time and number of members who have helped complete several projects throughout the year, including Trick or Can, Fall Fest and Jeans for Teens. For the fourth consecutive year, Rhinelander placed first in the Community Service category.
The six students who placed in the top four have the opportunity to compete in Baltimore, Md., June 27-July 2 against students from all 50 states and several countries.
The chapter is reaching out to the community for financial support to make it possible for the students to travel. Anyone interested in helping, or for more information, contact Mishell Fryar at 715-365-9500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.