Nebraska FBLA 2020 State Leadership Conference Canceled
We continue to get updated information regarding COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Nebraska health officials. In light of the current health issues and precautions taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Nebraska FBLA 2020 State Leadership Conference. While a variety of factors influenced this decision, be assured that the health and safety of our students and stakeholders is always our primary concern.
More than 375 Nebraska students, advisers, and guests recently attended the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Nebraska FBLA members competed June 29-July 2 in 72 events. More than 9,500 FBLA members from 46 states, U.S. territories, and international chapters attended the conference.
During the conference, members participated in leadership workshops, competitive events, and toured San Antonio. This year’s theme was “Create. Lead. Inspire.” Nebraska members brought home 22 Top 10 awards.
The Top 10 award winners are:
Kimberly Frey, Elkhorn Valley High School – Accounting I
Elsie Magwire and Joseph Hiatt, Boyd County High School – Business Plan
Isaac Fausett, Grand Island Career Pathways Institute – Help Desk
Regan Alfs, Shickley High School – Business Plan
Mitchell Lierman, West Point-Beemer High School – Journalism
Madison Brennfoerder, Garrett O’Flaherty, and Jaidyn Spoon, Arlington High School – Partnership with Business Project
Ben Nannen, Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca – Electronic Career Portfolio
Alex Saathoff, York – Public Speaking
Wyatt Ehlers, Jack Hirschfeld, and Max Tomes, Centennial – Virtual Business Management Challenge
Kevin Coffey, Crete – Emerging Business Issues
Braden Myers, Fillmore Central High School – Accounting II
Adrianna Smith, Kyrsten Whelan, and Maya Nachtigal, Aurora High School – Business Ethics
Colin Hoatson and Morgan Burke, Sutherland High School – Hospitality Management
Colton Monnier, Heartland High School – Economics
Nick Starns, Ashland-Greenwood High School – Securities and Investments
Tanner Pittman, Kirk Rangel, and Alek Timm, Arlington High School – Sports and Entertainment Management
Colin Hendrickson, Platteview High School – Introduction to Business Procedures
Isabella Cao, Kearney High School ; Jency Starr, McPherson County High School; Logan Parde and Scott Tvrdy, Raymond Central High School – Parliamentary Procedure
Baden Brumbaugh, Clara Larson, and Leah Larson, Bellevue West High School – American Enterprise Project
Divith Rajagopal, Lincoln East High School – Impromptu Speaking
Mekenna Fisher, Hershey High School – Introduction to Business
Nick Hutsell, Halle Nachtigal, and Hannah Pedersen, Aurora High School – Social Media Campaign
The following students were Top 15 finalists:
Emily Kraemer, Kirk Rangel, and Alek Timm, Arlington High School – American Enterprise Project
Maya Nachtigal, Adrianna Smith, and Krysten Whelan, Aurora High School – Business Ethics
Hayden Ernst, Andrew Meyer, and August Pope, Elmwood-Murdock High School – Business Ethics
Tyson Kaiser, Drew Munter, Wausa High School – Digital Video Production
Hunter Pehrson and Brian Potts, Laurel-Concord Coleridge High School – Management Information Systems
Hannah Mitchell, Aurora High School – Sales Presentation
Other national awards included:
Wausa High School – Market Share Nationally and Mountain Plains Region
Sandhills Public School – Market Share Mountain Plains Region
Largest State Chapter – Mountain Plains Region
National Business Achievement Award – America Level
(top award in this four-level program)
Emily Kraemer, Arlington High School
Dustin Hovanec, Blair High School
Joel Murch-Shafer, Blair High School
Sydney Atkinson, Boyd County High School
Haley Weber, Dorchester Public School
Olivia Sis, Dundy County Stratton High School
Anthony Zaner, Gretna High School
Gabe Stolinski, Gretna High School
Serena Wilson, Gretna High School
Kelbie Schnieder, Raymond Central High School
National Community Service Award – Achievement Level
(top level in this three-level program)
Alek Timm, Arlington High School
Andrea Gonzalez Pena, Bellevue West High School
Brianna Hill, Bellevue West High School
Joel Murch-Shafer, Blair High School
Emma Stahlecker, Boyd County High School
Jacey Hilkemann, Boyd County High School
Sydney Atkinson, Boyd County High School
Kylee Wilson, Elmwood-Murdock High School
Serena Wilson, Gretna High School
Pranav Rajan, Lincoln East High School
Emma Johnson, Omaha Marian High School
Shruthi Kumar, Omaha Marian High School
Madison Parde, Raymond Central High School
Robert Badura, Roncalli Catholic High School
Bryan Zutavern, Sandhills High School
Carlie Collier, Sandhills High School
Kamrin Edmonds, Wilber-Clatonia High School
Seth Vlasak, Wilber-Clatonia High School
National Recognition Event Winners
Alek Timm, Arlington High School – Who’s Who in FBLA
Peggy Parker, Dundy County Stratton High School – Nebraska Outstanding Local Chapter Adviser
Nickole Sis, owner of Seize the Daisy in Benkelman, Nebraska National Businessperson of the Year
Gold Seal Chapter Award, Merit
Dundy County Stratton
Nebraska FBLA inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. Nebraska FBLA is supported through the Nebraska Center for Student Leadership and Expanded Learning at the Nebraska Department of Education.
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, 2020 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, 2020 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 19th for late consideration.