Nebraska FBLA News

2017 NLC Results

Nebraska FBLA National Award Winners Named

 

More than 400 Nebraska students and advisers recently attended the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. Nebraska FBLA members competed June 28-July 1 in 71 competitive events. More than 12,000 FBLA members from 46 states, as well as U.S. territories and international chapters attended the conference.

 

Nebraska members brought home 24 Top Ten awards. The Top Ten award winners are:

 

First Place

  • Cole Tessendorf, Lakeview – Sales Presentation

Second Place

  • Colton Patrick, Lindsay VanRyckeghem and Quianna Logans, Bellevue East – American Enterprise Project
  • Terese Navarra, Bellevue West – Job Interview
  • Corbin Johnson and Keegan Shuck, Chadron – Banking and Financial Systems
  • Matteo Antunez, Syracuse – Microsoft Office Specialist – Excel

Third Place

  • Alek Timm, Rachel Kraemer, Arlington – Partnership w/ Business Project
  • Garrett Richters and Preston Stuhr, Centennial – Virtual Business Management Challenge
  • Hunter Guru and Luke Bigelow, Lincoln East – Global Business
  • Ashley Stewart, Grayson Wegener and Julia Niven, Lincoln Southwest – Hospitality Management

Fourth Place

  • Aubree Noble, Brooklyn Stack and Hunter Hawk, Chadron – Graphic Design

Fifth Place

  • Jack Hansen-Reed and Joseph Walther, Bellevue East – Sports and Entertainment Management
  • Andy Zhu, Jesse Lin and Shruti Mishra, Lincoln East – Global Business

Sixth Place

  • Emily Standage, Jonna Bart and Megan DeVries, Aurora – Business Ethics
  • Jacob Sorensen and Thomas Simonson, Blair – LifeSmarts

Seventh Place

  • Audrey Lausterer, Bellevue West – Job Interview
  • Blair Stuthman and Jennifer Jimenez, Lakeview – Publication Design
  • Aaron Buller, Ethan Hall and Leslie Braun, Heartland – Entrepreneurship

Eighth Place

  • Brad Ernesti, Logan Sampson and Reece Krueger, Arlington – Management Decision Making
  • Josiah Clements, Elmwood-Murdock – Accounting I
  • Blake Beran, Grand Island Career Pathways Institute – Help Desk
  • Akshay Sharma, Lincoln East – Securities and Investments

Ninth Place

  • Claire Thomas and Halie Lewin, Ashland-Greenwood – Business Ethics

Tenth Place

  • Jenna Swaney and Jeremiah Mejia, Bellevue West – Community Service Project
  • Braden Hadwiger, Pleasanton – Agribusiness

Other national awards included:

 

National Business Achievement Awards – America Level (top award in this four-level program)

  • Hundter Biede of Adams Central High School
  • Sierra Richey of Adams Central High School
  • Emily Vonderfecht of Adams Central High School
  • Brad Ernesti of Arlington High School
  • Elizabeth Lowe of Conestoga Junior Senior High School
  • Layla Parmer of Conestoga Junior Senior High School
  • Jacee Weber of Dorchester Public School
  • Stephanie Babella of Fillmore Central High School
  • Halla Paschold of Lakeview High School
  • Savannah Brich of Lawrence-Nelson High School
  • Molly Dane of Sandy Creek Public High School
  • Lauren Shackelford of Sandy Creek Public High School
  • Shyla Oberhauser of Twin River High School
  • Maddy Rinkol of Twin River High School
  • Calista Shanle of Twin River High School
  • Madison Ternus of Twin River High School
  • Elizabeth Kubicek of Wilber-Clatonia High School

National Community Service Awards – Achievement Level

  • Kati Jurrens of Adams Central High School
  • Kailee Pohlson of Adams Central High School
  • Brad Ernesti of Arlington High School
  • Terese Navarra of Bellevue West High School
  • Emily Flint of Broken Bow Public Schools
  • Michelle Kotas of Dorchester Public School
  • J. Hardwick of Dundy County Stratton High School
  • Payton Zarkowski of Dundy County Stratton High School
  • Ashley Stewart of Lincoln Southwest High School
  • Brennan Cole of McCool Junction High School
  • Hali Giesbrecht of McCool Junction High School
  • Kyra Kennedy of Sandhills High School
  • Bailey Coons of Sargent High School
  • Shelby Schneider of Sargent High School
  • Abbey Borgman of Silver Lake High School
  • Megan Borg of Wakefield High School
  • Shani Ramirez of Wakefield High School
  • Joseph Hiatt of West Boyd High School

Market Share Awards

First Place

  • Wausa – Nationally and Mountain Plains Region

Second Place

  • Dorchester – Mountain Plains Region
  • Largest State Chapter – Mountain Plains Region

Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit

  • Arlington
  • Ashland-Greenwood
  • Auburn
  • Bellevue West
  • Blair
  • Centura
  • Chadron
  • Crete
  • Dundy County Stratton
  • Elmwood-Murdock
  • Fairbury
  • Fillmore Central
  • Johnson-Brock
  • Kearney
  • Lakeview
  • Litchfield
  • Raymond Central
  • Sargent
  • Syracuse
  • Tri County
  • Twin River
  • Weeping Water
  • Wilber-Clatonia

Nebraska FBLA is supported through the Nebraska Center for Student Leadership and Extended Learning at the Nebraska Department of Education.

Food and Toy Drive Successful

Sandhills FBLA’s annual food and toy drive was a huge success this year. The student body contributed over 450 items that translated into over 500 pounds of food, clothing and toys.On December 23, the members of the committee moved all the products to the Blaine County Food Pantry. Pastor Ralph McKay expressed his gratitude to the students at the high school.

The sophomore class won the class competition with over 200 items. The freshman class had 100% participation. Both classes were rewarded with movies passes to the Tiffany Theater in Broken Bow for their hard work.

Wilber-Clatonia FBLA Supporting the Fight

Every October, the Wilber-Clatonia FBLA hosts their annual Pink Out fundraising week. This year’s Pink Out week was no exception to the previous successes in raising funds and awareness for an important cause. Breast cancer has touched many lives in the Wilber-Clatonia community, and an event like this gives the FBLA members a chance to speak out and raise awareness for the disease that has affected many lives and families close to the school, community, and our hearts.

Throughout the week of October 10th, chapter members were involved in preparation and activities. Shirts were created and sold by members in honor of our pink out theme “Play Strong.” On Wednesday, the entire school had the opportunity to dress in pink to show their support, as well as the chance to sign names on a poster of who they were wearing pink for. By selling over 280 shirts, members raised $3,699.50 just in shirt sales alone. Thursday night at the volleyball game against Southern, the volleyball team wore pink bows, and a cake raffle with items donated by chapter members raised over $100 in ticket sales. On Friday the 14th, the football team faced Johnson County Central. The players wore pink towels with initials of victims from breast cancer written on them, along with other pink gear. Before the football game, pink balloons were sold to be released at the first touchdown, and during halftime, members passed a bucket around gathering donations. The cheerleaders also played an important role in supporting the cause. They hosted a cheer camp with a theme “Kickin’ Out Cancer” for grades PreK-6.

A grand total of over $4,200 was raised, with all profits being donated to the American Cancer Society to continue the partnership of raising awareness to help educate the community of the cause, support research, and provide funds for patient services. Without the help of the 53 committee members, the caring community, and the hard working advisor and school support, this year’s Pink Out event would not have been such a huge success.

National Anthem at SLC

Congratulations to Cole Tessendorf!  Cole, a senior from Lakeview High School, was selected to sing the National Anthem at the 2017 State Leadership Conference opening session.  Cole is an active four-year member of Lakeview FBLA. He is a 2-time NLC Qualifier and has served as the local chapter reporter for 2 years. He is the National Honor Society President and is involved in football, speech, track and field, mock trial, and Legion baseball. He sings in the Lakeview show choir, Viking Voices, and was selected for All State Choir in 2016.

SLC Registration Due February 17

Bellevue East FBLA Powderpuff Game

On October 25th Bellevue East FBLA hosted their 9th annual Powderpuff Football game. Junior and senior girls played their hearts out to win for their class, but only one was victorious. In a close, hard fought battle the Juniors won 25-18 for only the second time in 9 years. The whole purpose of the game wasn’t just for fun though. Through player and coaches fees, Bellevue East FBLA was able to raise $200 for March of Dimes. The whole Bellevue community embraces the fun and competitive game by coming out and showing support for our FBLA chapter. State Vice President John Willey even came out to show his support of the chapter. The powderpuff game is something Bellevue East FBLA takes pride and joy in, and they hope to host it for years to come.