Local FBLA students win at state conference
Iowa Future Business Leaders of America, an organization to promote business skills and leadership in Iowa high school students, recently held its 2013 State Conference - themed “Igniting Innovation.”
Approximately 700 students were in attendance representing 24 chapters. Fairfield High School sent 23 of its 30 student members to compete. The students stayed at the Coralville Marriott March 21-23. The conference included competitive events and tests, as well as many other activities.
Students placing in the top five in national level competitive events include:
1st Place Banking and Financial Services, Hanna Kerr* and Sage Richmond*
1st Place Business Plan, Adam Mueller*
1st Place Hospitality Management, Jenna Nelson*
1st Place Impromptu Speaking, Mitch Goudy*
1st Place Marketing, Jenna Nelson*, Ammon Shaner*, Alex Shier*
1st Place Ms. Future Business Leader, Hanna Kerr*
1st Place Sports Management, Joseph Hietpas*
1st Place Word Processing 1, Katherine Mueller*
2nd Place Business Communications, Makayla Kessel*
2nd Place Entrepreneurship, Adam Mueller* and Josh Dimmit*
2nd Place Health Care Administration, Kara Greiner*
2nd Place Mr. Future Business Leader, Joseph Hietpas
3rd Place Cyber Security, Jake McLain*
3rd Place Economics, Makayla Kessel*
3rd Place Hospitality Management, Jaci Bell*
3rd Place Introduction to Business, Lindsey Repp*
3rd Place Technology Concepts, Jake McLain*
4th Place Client Service, Mitch Goudy
4th Place Community Service, Sara Adam
4th Place Emerging Business Issues, Sara Adam, Jordan Reid, Lindsey Repp
4th Place Global Business, Sidney Adam and Ammon Shaner
5th Place Introduction to Business, Nathan Davidson
5th Place Management Decision Making, Sara Adam, Alex Shier, Seth Simmons
* Denotes National Qualifiers (In presentation events — top two teams typically advance. In skills tests, top three places advance.
Students placing in the top five in state events (that do not advance to nationals) include:
1st Place Battle of the Chapters, Kara Greiner, Hanna Kerr, Jenna Nelson
1st Place Spelling Relay Advanced, Joseph Hietpas, Makayla Kessel, Ammon Shaner
2nd Place Sales, Adam Mueller
2nd Place Creed Oration, Lindsey Repp
3rd Place Who’s Who in FBLA, Jenna Nelson
3rd Place Sales, Sage Richmond
4th Place Filing, Jaci Bell
Fifteen students qualified to go on to the National Leadership Conference in July in Anaheim, Calif. The other students who placed within the top five have a chance to get “bumped” into nationals if the students who placed ahead of them decide not to go. Of the students who qualified outright Jaci Bell, Mitch Goudy, Hanna Kerr and Jenna Nelson have qualified all four years for the National Conference, while juniors Joseph Hietpas and Makayla Kessel have qualified the three years they have competed.
The FHS Chapter and members of Fairfield Community also werehonored. Jodi Kerr of TD&T Financial Group was recognized as Iowa Business Person of the Year for her contributions to the chapter. Advisor Diane Goudy was honored as Iowa Advisor of the Year. In addition, Mitch Goudy was selected to sing the national anthem at the conference and DJ’d the dance through his business MTG DJ Service along with partner Jakob Adam.
Accompanying the chapter was Brad Repp, FHS business instructor, and parents Michele Greiner and Joe Goudy.
Business sponsors donating financially to help sponsor state awards were FBLA parent Sue Ligon of Curves and FBLA parent John Stever of Edward Jones.
Diane Goudy said, “This was the most outstanding year Fairfield FBLA has had to date in the eight years Fairfield has participated in state competitive events. I especially appreciated the willingness of the high school members to prepare for the tests and extend themselves out of their ‘comfort zone.’ Success doesn’t just happen by accident. Students need to work hard throughout their educational years and also to take part in many additional practice sessions, oftentimes held at nights. The entire FCSD staff, including Mr. Repp, help with the process of training the students to think and strive to be their best. I am also thankful for the many community members who were asked to help mentor the students and willingly accepted.”
The partnership helped reap high results. Mentors included: Ron Haines (MidwestOne/Rotary), Dave Neff (Iowa State Bank), Rusty Dimmitt (Copperfield Chimney/FBLA parent), Gene Copeland (retired executive counsel, ING), Alan Shank (Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store, Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors), Brian Hollander (Hollander Farms/FBLA parent), Jane McMahon (Ohio University, masters in sports administration), Dawn Bechtel (Golf Links to the Past, Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors), and Michael Halley (Danaher Oil, Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors). Nancy Morrissey, Michele Greiner and Jodi Kerr helped coordinate the mentors.
If any community member would like to be considered to help mentor students advancing to nationals, contact Diane Goudy at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at 472-2059.
FBLA Friends of FBLA also is recruiting community members/adults/fellow educators/alumni/parents to become involved with the chapter. Mentoring, guest speakers, hosting a business visit for the students, helping with fund-raising, and being an advocate of the organization are some of the opportunities. Completion of a short membership form, payment of annual $10 individual/$25 business dues and a decision of level of commitment to the organization is needed. If interested, contact Joann Hietpas or Michele Greiner, co-chairs of the new organization.