Nebraska FBLA News

State Officer Candidate Campaign and Voting

The 2020-2021 state officer candidate information can be found on the link below.

Campaign Timeline:

April 4 – Campaign speeches and materials posted online.

April 7 – Delegate voting passwords sent to advisers.

April 8 – Formal Caucus recording posted online.

April 10-13 – Local chapter delegates to vote online.

April 14-16 – Additional rounds of voting if necessary.

April 17 – 2020-2021 State Officer Team Announced


Nebraska FBLA State Leadership Conference Canceled

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 ConferenceWhile a variety of factors influenced this decision, be assured that the health and safety of our students and stakeholders is always our primary concern.

We will post updated information as they develop.

Please contact Jacqui Garrison at if you have questions related to the impacts of the cancellation.

Nebraska National Winners

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:

First Place:

  • 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

Third Place:

  • 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

Fourth Place:

  • Ben Nannen, Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca – Electronic Career Portfolio

Fifth Place:

  • Alex Saathoff, York – Public Speaking
  • Wyatt Ehlers, Jack Hirschfeld, and Max Tomes, Centennial – Virtual Business Management Challenge

Sixth Place:

  • Kevin Coffey, Crete – Emerging Business Issues

Seventh Place:

  • 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

Eighth Place:

  • 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

Ninth Place

  • 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

Tenth Place

  • 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:

First Place:

  • Wausa High School – Market Share Nationally and Mountain Plains Region

 Second Place:

  • 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

  • Arlington
  • Ashland-Greenwood
  • Bellevue West
  • Blair
  • Boyd County
  • Centura
  • Chadron
  • Dundy County Stratton
  • Elmwood-Murdock
  • Fillmore Central
  • Gibbon
  • Kearney
  • Omaha Marian
  • Raymond Central
  • Sandhills
  • Sargent
  • Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca
  • Tri County
  • Twin River
  • Waverly
  • Weeping Water
  • Wilber-Clatonia

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.

Nebraska FBLA Week

Sunday – Share Your FBLA-PBL Story

Monday – President’s Forum/Fight to the Finish

Tuesday – Each One Reach One

Wednesday – Adviser Appreciation/Professional Attire

Thursday – Career Awareness Day

Friday – FBLA Spirit Day

Saturday – Community Service Day

Share all of you FBLA-PBL Week activities online using the hashtags #ne1kfbla and #fblapblweek.


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


A complete list of winners can be found here.

Non-Stop November

FBLA chapters must complete a total of 5 tasks focused on recruitment and retention. Two (2) activities are required and three (3) are chosen from a list of 8 optional activities.

Recognition for FBLA Non-Stop November

  • Special ribbons for all chapter delegates in attendance at the National Leadership Conference.
  • All chapters that complete FBLA Non-Stop November will be listed on FBLA-PBL social media and the national website.

Deadlines for FBLA Non-Stop November

The deadline for submissions is December 10.

Preview the FBLA Non-Stop November Activities

Preview the list of activities.

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.

Nebraska FBLA awards

Nebraska National Winners Announced

Watch the presentation of Nebraska NLE Winners


FBLA Competitive Event Winners:

First Place:

  • Business Plan – Adam Alfs, Regan Alfs, Shickley
  • Partnership with Business Project – Kiryn Kayl, Lauryn Hoffman, Joseph Hiatt, Boyd County

Second Place:

  • American Enterprise Report – Kali Nedrow, Isaac Janing, Claire Kimbrough, Fillmore Central

Third Place:

  • Community Service Project – Baden Brumbaugh, Leah Larson, Jack Mettin, Bellevue West

Fourth Place:

  • Public Speaking – Emma Johnson, Omaha Marian
  • Middle Level: Multimedia & Website Development – Georgia Ramsey, Wilcox-Hildreth

Fifth Place:

  • Marketing – Kenneth Ou, Zoran Curgus, Divith Rajagopal, Lincoln East

Sixth Place:

  • Graphic Design – Kaitlyn Kumm, Wausa
  • Marketing – Pranav Rajan, Lincoln East
  • Publication Design – Taylor Kumm and Ali Lundberg, Wausa
  • Social Media Campaign – Olivia Lawless, Halle Nachigal, Jaylee Schuster, Aurora

Seventh Place:

  • Local Chapter Annual Business Report – Trevor Goesch, Joshua Kersch, Joseph Hiatt, Boyd County
  • Sales Presentation – Derek Gillilan, Wausa

Tenth Place: 

  • Business Plan – Lauryn Hoffman, Heather Atkinson, Joseph Hiatt, Boyd County
  • Publication Design – Jaclyn Taggart and Keely Prusia, Bellevue West

Market Share Award:

  • Wausa – 82%

FBLA Outstanding Chapters:

  • Boyd County
  • Elmwood-Murdock
  • Kearney
  • Sandhills

BAA America Level Winners:

  • Connor Utech, Bennington
  • Joseph Hiatt, Boyd County
  • Ashleigh Feyerabend, Gretna
  • Maddie Waller, Gretna
  • Jason McIntosh, Maywood
  • Jency Starr, McPherson County
  • Emma Johnson, Omaha Marian
  • Megan Wallman, Syracuse

CSA Achievement Level Winners:

  • Kirk Rangel, Arlington
  • Jacob Kozak, Arlington
  • Jenny Goesch, Boyd County
  • Kiryn Kayl, Boyd County
  • Kalli Kayl, Boyd County
  • Kyra Creamer, Dorchester
  • Anthony Zaner, Gretna
  • Lauren Zadalis, Omaha Marian
  • Logan Black, Raymond Central
  • Logan Parde, Raymond Central
  • Brooklyn Leach, Sandhills
  • Bridget Slagle, Sargent
  • Payton Rinkol, Twin River

LEAD Gold Awards:

  • Zoe Barels, Sandhills
  • Charlsie Teahon, Sandhills

Who’s Who Nebraska Winner:

  • Drake Vorderstrasse, Adams Central

Chapter Challenge Winners:

  • Elmwood-Murdock
  • Kearney
  • Lakeview
  • Sandhills
  • Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca

Lead4Change Project Winners:

  • Dance4Change; Lakeview ($500)
  • Poverty Pals; Lakeview ($500)
  • Peek-a-boo Project; Lakeview ($500)

March of Dimes Grant Recipients:

  • Centura FBLA




UNK – FBLA Scholarship

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 the 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 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 February 28, 2021, 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 February 28, 2021, at 12:00 am CST/11:00 MST. Scholarship applications received after February 28 will be considered based on scholarship availability.  The application will close on February 28th for late consideration.

Complete the application now