Organization Spotlight: Ski trip, trivia night and contest highlight February for FBLA

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Marissa Brown

Senior Megan Barnett is instructed on how to hold her arms while sliding down the slope. FBLA members skied in Weston, MO at Snow Creek on Feb. 12.

Alexis Smith, Staff Writer

FBLA has participated in contest, a ski trip, and hosted a trivia night in February.

  District contest was Feb. 9 in Warrensburg at the University of Central Missouri.

  Senior Claudia Schmitz placed first in Insurance and Risk Management and third in Economics and Agribusiness. Schmitz can only advance to state in two of these contests which will be Risk Management and Economics and Insurance.

  Senior Marissa Brown was the first competitor to ever participate in Client Services and placed fourth. Sophomore Naomi Meyers placed fourth in Principles and Procedures. Senior Stephanie Blake placed fourth in Securities and Investments.

  “Mrs. Pate’s personal finance class helped me a lot on the test,” Blake said.

  Blake will use the things she has studied for contest while she plans her financial future.

The district contest results were only released for those who placed in the top five of their event. These students will also advance to state contest in Springfield on April 24 through the 26.

  Junior Kaci Cooner, sophomore Brooke Jelinek, and sophomore Maddie Keeton are planning to attend state contest as voting delegates.

  Other FBLA students that attended district contest but did not place were on their best behavior.

  “Our students represented us so well,” FBLA sponsor Bethany Siegel said.

  FBLA members participated in a ski trip on Feb. 12 in Weston, MO at Snow Creek. This trip was a reward for those students that have worked hard to prepare for District FBLA contest. This was also the first year that the science club joined FBLA in skiing.

  Freshmen Brandi Hubert had a blast on the trip and will go again for sure.

  Hubert had a little bit of trouble at first, but she figured it out and the experience affected her positively.

 “I wanted to give up as soon as I got the skis on,” Hubert said. “But I didn’t give up and I learned how to ski!”

  Trivia night was held Feb. 26. This was a fundraiser to help raise funds to send FBLA members to the National Fall Leadership Conference in November of 2016. Over $1,200 was raised to do this.

  Questions that were asked were in these categories: food, geography, history, nature, general trivia, science, language, art and culture, sports, and economy.

  Amie Breshears’ table won the night.  

  “I think FBLA did a good job of putting everything together,” Schmitz said. “Everybody had a good time.”