More than 390 Nebraska students, advisers, and guests recently attended the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Nebraska FBLA members competed June 28-July 1 in 71 competitive events. More than 9,000 FBLA members from 46 states, as well as U.S. territories and international chapters, attended the conference.
During the conference, members participated in leadership workshops, competitive events, and toured the city of Baltimore. This year’s theme was “Elevate Your Future.”
Nebraska members brought home 15 Top Ten awards. Click here to see our Top Ten award winners.
The Nebraska Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) state competitive events were held at the 57th annual State Leadership Conference in Omaha April 5-7.
More than 2,300 students and advisers from 138 Nebraska schools attended the conference with more than 75 chapter, team, and individual events. Students placing first, second, or third in the competitive events qualified to compete at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, June 27‑July 2.
The 2018-2019 Nebraska FBLA State Officers are:
Alek Timm of Arlington High School, president
Drake Vorderstrasse of Adams Central High School, vice president
Morgan Mills of Elmwood-Murdock High School, secretary
Kirk Rangel of Arlington High School, treasurer
Olivia Sis of Dundy County Stratton High School, reporter
Bryan Zutavern of Sandhills High School, parliamentarian
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.
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.
The UNK FBLA scholarship provides financial assistance to two incoming freshmen students enrolled in the College of Business & Technology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Requirements for the scholarship include a student’s active membership in their high school FBLA chapter and are committed to pursuing a business career. Students without a high school FBLA chapter may apply if interested in a business degree, but first preference will be given to students in FBLA. Non-resident students may also apply. U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency is also required.
Candidates must be pursuing a major in one of the programs in the College of Business & Technology that includes (but is not limited to): Accounting, Finance, Economics, Management, Marketing, Agribusiness, Supply Chain Management, or Secondary Business Teacher Education. A full list of majors can be found at unk.edu/cbt. The scholarship is awarded in the amount of $1,000 for each student in their first year of enrollment at UNK.
You must be admitted to UNK by March 19, 2019 to apply for this scholarship. You must have designated on your admissions application one of the required majors. First consideration will be given to students who submit the scholarship application by March 19, 2019 at 12:00 am CST/11:00 MST. Scholarship applications received after March 19 will be considered based on scholarship availability. The application will close on March 24th for late consideration.
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:
Cole Tessendorf, Lakeview – Sales Presentation
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
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