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FBLA students compete at nationals

FHS grad Elijah Parr sole award winner from Iowa
By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Jul 14, 2017
Courtesy of: DIANE GOUDY 2017 Fairfield High School graduate Elijah Parr poses with his trophy after earning seventh place in his event at the annual Furture Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, earlier this month. Parr was the only winner from Iowa.

Several members of Fairfield High School’s Future Business Leaders of America recently returned from competing June 28 through July 2 at the annual FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California.

The 24 attendees qualified for the FBLA National Leadership Conference earlier this year during the state leadership conference.

“This was the largest group we’ve ever taken,” said FBLA adviser Diane Goudy.

FBLA member and recent FHS graduate Elijah Parr, earned seventh place in the nation during the economics objective testing event.

“This is quite an accomplishment [because] he earned the only top-ten award from the state of Iowa,” Goudy said.

“I didn’t think I was going to win,” Parr admitted. “But after I took the test, I had a good feeling. But there were so many smart and intelligent people there that you can never be so sure.”

Parr competed against more than 100 other students from around the nation. For the win, he credited the two Advanced Placement economics courses that he took during high school.

“Before the test, I reviewed my notebook,” he said. “All of the stuff in those classes were really what was on the test.”

Parr said he also qualified for global business, but he chose economics instead.

“With FBLA you can do different events every year. Last year, at the state conference, I won the business calculations event,” he said, adding that although he qualified to go to nationals at that time, he decided not to attend the event because he had other plans.

In addition to Parr’s win, recent FHS grads Savannah Kelley and Anuja Pharasi made up one of three teams in the state that ranked in the top 16 during the presentation.

“They were called back to the Top 16, but they didn’t get called back to the Top 10 — but even Top 16 is amazing!” Goudy said, adding that she was proud of all that her students had accomplished at the conference.

“It’s great to win, but that’s not what it’s about,” she said. “It’s about being the best you can be, and raising your confidence and knowledge so that you get better and push yourself to the level that you can succeed within yourself — that’s what it’s about.”

Goudy said FBLA gives youth a passion that they can explore.

“I’ve seen kids with little background and guidance grow immensely,” Goudy said. “I believe in the program.”

FBLA student Katherine Hull said that “her category was definitely a challenge, but was rewarding in the fact that I learned an enormous amount of information about website design. When my partner, Jada Lippincottt, and I picked this topic, we had no idea what we were getting into, but it ended up being one of the best experiences I have had in FBLA.”

With this year’s very large group of attendees, Goudy said she was thankful for the chaperones who assisted students throughout their time in California.

“Five local chaperones also traveled with the group including James Scotton, Diana Drish and Renna Naya,” she said.

FHS alumna and four-year FBLA national qualifier and winner, Hanna Kerr lent her time and experience to the team as a chaperone.

“As an alumna, attending the National Leadership Conference reminded me of how influential FBLA was during my high school career,” Kerr said. “I hope current members realize the crucial skills they are learning through FBLA, and how fortunate they are that FHS hs an excellent chapter, adviser and community supporting them.”

Beth Greiner-Ward, co-president of the Fairfield Friends of Student Business Leaders also served as a chaperone.

“I walked away from this weekend inspired by our students, and thankful for the exposure and education that they received while there,” Greiner-Ward said. “Our students were able to see some of the best and brightest in our country. They were witnesses to the fact that hard work and dedication pay off. They were able to see that there are many, many bright and articulate people in the world ....”

 

 

 

 

 

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