Fillmore Central Future Business Leaders of America brought home several chapter awards in addition to qualifying two members for national competition at the recent State Leadership Conference held in Omaha. Eighteen members from Fillmore Central High School participated in the three-day conference held April 7-9 by attending general sessions and professional development workshops, competing in various business events, visiting the campaign and college representative booths, and electing the 2016-2017 Nebraska State Officer Team. Adviser Cindy Talley along with chaperones, Tabitha Babella and Caitlin Moore accompanied the group.
Fillmore Central FBLA was once again honored as a Gold Seal Chapter award winner at the State Leadership Conference. This distinction is only bestowed upon the top 10% of chapters in the state that have completed an extensive program of work as shown by the annual report. Jacob Nutter qualified for national competition through writing the Local Chapter Annual Report which earned a third place. This report will be submitted to compete at the National Leadership Conference and will make the chapter eligible for the Guy Kitty Hollis Award of Merit. Stephanie Babella and Katherine Schoenhals also earned a top five finish on the American Enterprise report which addressed “Shopping Locally.” After submitting their project, the girls made finals for which they prepared a seven-minute memorized multimedia presentation.
Other chapter awards included the Go Green Award, Feed Nebraska, March of Dimes, IGive, Connect2Business, Seven Up, StepUp2Tech and Friends of Foundation recognition. Fillmore Central also received the Sweepstakes Award which is based on chapter participation in ten activities as prescribed by the state office. Chapter attendees proudly wore the nine chapter project ribbons they had earned through these projects.
Other prejudged events included Quality Member and Who’s Who in FBLA. Five officers were named Quality Members including Jacob Nutter, Alia Hurst, Stephanie Babella, Maggie Maffin, and Katherine Schoenhals. President Jacob Nutter represented the chapter in the Who’s Who event.
The parliamentary procedure team earned a second place award based on their performance of a properly conducted business meeting. Jacob Nutter served as the chair, Stephanie Babella as secretary, Aaron Poppert as treasurer, and Caleb Gardner as member.
Several members received recognition in individual events. Alia Hurst will be representing Nebraska at National Leadership Conference as she placed first in Public Speaking I. Stephanie Babella placed sixth in Public Speaking II. Sophia Frook placed seventh and Maggie Maffin placed eighth in word processing. Braden Myer received eighth place in FBLA Principles and Procedures. Students receiving honorable mentions included Maggie Maffin in FBLA Principles and Procedures and Introduction to Business Procedures, Noah Temme in Impromptu Speaking, and Katherine Schoenhals in Job Interview.
The chapter nominated Dawn Temme as a Star Volunteer of the Year who was recognized at the Saturday Awards Session. Dawn has been a loyal supporter of the chapter as three of her children have served as officers. She has helped sponsor many events including the Middle School dance and China Luncheon table.
Sophia Frook, Maggie Maffin, Braden Myers, and Ryan Poppert represented the chapter as voting delegates. They took extra time to meet officer candidates and attended the final voting session. Adviser Cindy Talley also served as co-chair of the Job Interview event and received a 30-year recognition award.
The FBLA Chapter will celebrate its achievements by holding the annual Honors Program on Monday, April 25. Local outstanding and quality members will be announced in addition to installation of the new officers for 2016-2017. National competition will take place in late June in Atlanta, Georgia.