12 FBLA members qualify for national competition
Fairfield High School Future Business Leaders of America attended the State Spring Leadership Conference March 27-29 in Coralville.
The 28 FHS student members were among the approximately 700 students from 29 Iowa chapters at the conference.
The students had the opportunity to compete in about 80 different events. The following results were achieved.
Mr. FBLA: Joseph Hietpas – 1st place
Ms. FBLA: Makayla Kessel – 1st place
Public Speaking II: Makayla Kessel – 2nd place
Banking & Financial Services: Nathan Davison, Zach Martin, Jordan Reid – 2nd place
Hospitality Management: Kara Greiner, Zach Martin, Jordan Reid – 2nd place
Client Services: Nick Higgins – 2nd place
Intro to Business: Savannah Kelley – 2nd place; Zach Martin – 3rd place
Sports & Entertainment Management: Joseph Hietpas, Alex Shier, Riley Hammel – 2nd place
Networking Concepts: Jacob McLain – 3rd place
Computer Problem Solving: Jacob McLain – 3rd place
Help Desk: Sara Adam – 3rd place
Entrepreneurship: Sidney Adam, Alex Shier, Seth Simmons – 5th place
Business Plan: Seth Simmons – 5th place
Client Services: Allison Angstead – 6th place
Impromptu Speaking: Holly Harward – 6th place
Business Ethics: Ricardo Gaona and Olivia Hammel – 6th place
The top three national-level competitive event winners at state become eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference June 27 through July 3 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Earning the highest level of Business Achievement Awards was Joseph Hietpas – completing the “America Award.” He is the first FHS student to achieve the award and will be recognized at the national conference.
State-level competitive events
Salesmanship: Francesca Greco – 1st place
Business Terminology: Nathan Davidson 1st, Zach Martin 3rd, and Nick Higgins – 5th place
Vocabulary Relay Advanced: Makayla Kessel, Alex Shier, Joseph Hietpas – 1st place
Spelling Relay: Savannah Kelly, Anuja Pharasi, Lauren Ward – 3rd place
Local Chapter Exhibit: Sara Adam, Holly Harward, Nick Higgins – 2nd place
Receiving local recognition as Who’s Who in FBLA was Kara Greiner.
Other attendees included: Olivia Wallerich, Meredith Wallerich, Sierra Vogt, Brynna Bowman, Sarah Davisson, Kailey Kaska and Natalie Angstead.
Many local community individuals helped mentor the students. Mentors included: Stephanie Harward, FHS/FBLA parent; Michele Greiner, Iowa Psychological Association/FBLA parent; Jean Greco, technical writer/FBLA parent; Darien Sloat, Temp Associates; Michael Halley, Danaher Oil; Robbie Higgins, Great River Entertainment/FBLA parent; Gilberto Rodriguez, Human Factors; Amber Stump McDowell, Libertyville Savings Bank; Jane McMahon, Ohio University, Masters in Sports Administration; Steve Shier, Third Millennium Software/FBLA parent; Jennifer Hammel, Great Prairie AEA/FBLA parent; Brian Reid, Cambridge/FBLA parent; Taruna Pharasi, Human Factors International/FBLA parent; Gene Copeland, retired ING executive counsel; Tom Adam, Adam Industries/FBLA parent; Jhonna Wallerich, FHS/FBLA parent; Michelle Higgins, FHS/FBLA parent; and Brad Repp, FHS business tnstructor.
Joanne Hietpas and Michele Greiner, co-chairwomen of Friends of FBLA, were recognized as Iowa Business Persons of the year for their contributions to the Fairfield FBLA chapter. They help the group in many ways and were instrumental in the Friends of FBLA having a “pack-the-sack” night for the students providing treats and messages of “good luck.”