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Fairfield High School FBLA has 24 National qualifiers

May 08, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED Fairfield High School Future Business Leaders of America students and their advisor Diane Goudy display their awards at the State Leadership Conference. Twenty-four FHS FBLA members earned the right and plan to attend the FBLA National Convention in California this summer.

Many of the 44 Fairfield High School FBLA students who attended the State Leadership Conference April 6-8 in Coralville won awards on both the state and national level.

Students had the opportunity to compete in their choice of 60-plus contests, including prepared presentations, case studies, interviewing, objective testing, and more.

An unprecedented 24 FHS members have earned the right and plan to attend the FBLA National Convention June 28 through July 3 in Anaheim, California. They will compete on the very advanced national level and have the opportunity to attend high-quality workshops on a variety of business and career related topics.

Also during the state event:

• Lindsay Lippincott was honored as Fairfield Iowa FBLA Business Person of the Year for her commitment to the local chapter. She has been a very viable force this year in helping to lead many of the special events sponsored locally.

• The Fairfield chapter earned the third-place Lloyd V. Douglas Chapter of the Year Award trophy for accumulating the most points from events at the State Leadership Conference.

• The Fairfield chapter earned the Iowa Merit Award for showing a well-rounded program of activities – educational, service, fundraising, public relations, and business sponsorships

• The Fairfield chapter placed third for the largest chapter membership increase.

• Shannon Morrissey was honored as Who’s Who in Iowa FBLA as Fairfield’s representative. She earned her “Future” level of Business Achievement Awards and has been an officer serving as reporter and treasurer.

• FHS FBLA member Julia Fritz was the one Iowa FBLA member chosen to sing the national anthem during opening ceremonies.

• FHS FBLA members Allison Godwin and Madison Kraemer earned first place in the National Pin Design. Thousands of their pins will be manufactured for the Iowa student delegates. The pins will be traded with National conference attendees from the United States and could even end up in Guam, Puerto Rico or China.

• FHS FBLA members Bryanna Popejoy, Hermela Gebremariam, Shannon Morrissey, Sarah Davisson were recognized for obtaining their Business Achievement Award - Future Level.

• Business Sponsorship Awards for donations received to sponsor the awards program were presented to Lori and Nate Weaton and the Pharasi family.

Chaperones at the state event included: Nate Weaton, Beth Greiner-Ward, and Stephanie Harward.

Because California is a high cost area for conferences, the students have been trying to earn money for their own trip. The trip will cost approximately $1,000 per student. It was a challenge to find flights for 28 people at once, but it was possible and the flight is booked. The community is asked to help financially if they are so inclined. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Checks can be made out to Friends of FBLA and mailed to 605 E. Broadway Ave., Attention Diane Goudy, Fairfield 52556.

“This was a phenomenal year,” said Goudy. “Having this many students going to Nationals is a challenge, but certainly a great testimonial to the Fairfield High School students.”

Goudy and four chaperones will accompany the students to the national conference.


State Conference Results

National conference attendees:

Business Plan – Lauren Ward and Cami Schaefer, first.

Ebusiness – Katherine Hull and Jada Lippincott, first.

Emerging Business Issues (Cloud Computing) – Savannah Kelley and Anuja Pharasi, first; Pari Nayak, third.

Insurance and Risk Management – Shannon Morrissey, first.

Introduction to Business Presentation – Julia Fritz and Jackson Weaton, first; Jacob Scotton, fourth.

Prepared Speaking 1 – Devika Pharasi, first.

Website Design – Madison Kraemer, first.

Business Ethics – Hermela Gebramariam and Cami Schaefer, second. Gebramariam will compete alone at Nationals because Schaefer is double qualified. Students who are double qualified for nationals are required to decide which event they are going to compete in.

Marketing – Sarah Davisson, Kailey Kaska, Ella Pollet, second.

Electronic Career Portfolio – Holly Harward, third.

Global Business – Logan Williams (Aaron Haines will sub in), Gabe Dezzeo (conflict), Elijah Parr (double qualified), third.

Health Administration – Amanda Carminhato, third.

Economics – Elijah Parr, fourth.

Introductory to Parliamentary Procedures – Bryanna Popejoy, fifth, alternate.

Spreadsheet Applications – Danae Drish, sixth, alternate.

Students not attending Nationals in these categories due to double-qualifying or conflicts:

Electronic Career Portfolio – Lauren Ward, first, (double qualified).

Impromptu Speaking – Savannah Kelley, first, (double qualified).

Introduction to Financial Math – Laurel Hilger, first, (conflict).

Sales Presentation – Anuja Pharasi, first, (double qualified); Jackson Weaton, fourth (double qualified).

NLC Pin Design – Alison Godwin and Madison Kraemer, first, (state level only).

Business Communications – Navin Martin, second, (conflict); Sarah Lemlin, fourth, (conflict).

Interviewing & Etiquette – Lauren Ward, second (state level); Natalie Angstead, fourth, (state level).

Computer Game & Simulation Programming – Navin Martin and Shannon Morrissey, third, (both double qualified and conflict).

Computer Applications Sarah Godwin, third, (conflict).

Hospitality Management – Kailey Kaska and Ella Pollet (double qualified), third.

HTMA/CSS – Laurel Hilger, third (state level).

Marketing – Abyni Garner, RaeAnn McClaran (conflict), third.

Job Interview – Brynna Bowman, fifth, alternate, (conflict).

Management Decision Making – Abyni Garner, RaeAnn McClaran, fifth, alternate (conflict).

Client Services – Laurel Hilger, sixth, alternate, (conflict).

Community Service Project – Hermela Gebremariam, sixth, alternate, (double qualified).

Social Media – Julia Fritz, second, (double qualified).

Local Chapter Exhibit – Brynna Bowman and Gabe Dezzeo, sixth, (state).

Spelling Relay – David Burnett and Devika Pharasi, sixth, (state).

Other students “getting out of their comfort zone and participating” and “being great team players:” Jesse Birlson, Ashtyn Drish, Carly Ferrel, Aaron Haines, Alie Kensett,Gracee Lisk, Taylor Myers, Chloe Stever, Grace Stever, Megan Sullivan, Garret Ward.

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