Fife High School’s Future Business Leaders of America has returned from the National Leadership Conference, held June 29 to July 2 in Anaheim, California and drew more than 13,000 students from around the nation. Fife’s team included 17 students to compete in the conference.
“My heart is bursting with pride,” said program advisor Fife FBLA advisor Laura Hilzendeger, who was named state FBLA Adviser of the Year at the event. “I am so happy for Grace Mattson and Ella Pierson’s 6th Place and Kearah Kraus, Alyssa Kreg, and Christina Masnyy’s First Place in Introduction to Business Presentation. These two teams of girls have worked so hard on these projects. Thanks to all that supported them in this journey. It is an honor to be able to teach in a small community and school district that provides opportunities for students to excel in a variety of areas allowing them to discover their passions that will create their future successes.”
In the preliminary rounds, there were approximately 160 teams in each event, and that number was narrowed down to the top 16 teams for finals.
The Fife teams that qualified for finals were:
Introduction to Business Presentation Team 1, including Kearah Kraus, Alyssa Kreg, and Christina Masnyy.
Introduction to Business Presentation Team 2, including Grace Mattson and Ella Pierson.
At the Awards of Excellence ceremony on July 2, the Top Ten teams in all 70 events were called to the stage. For Fife High FBLA these two teams were called to the stage and everyone was filled with excitement.
Kraus, Kreg and Masnyy on Business Presentation Team 1 took home First Place, while Mattson and Pierson on Introduction to Business Presentation Team took home Sixth Place honors.
The awards roster didn’t end there. Fife High School FBLA also earned:
The Diamond Chapter Award, for it is 75th year for FBLA, and there were a variety of activities and events that the Fife High FBLA chapter had to compete over the last school year to earn this award.
An Outstanding Local Chapter Award for completing a roster of required activities.
A Gold Seal Chapter for completing a roster of activities during the year.
Kreg and Masnyy both earned the Community Service Achievement Award for volunteering more than 500 hours of community service during the past school year.
Fife FBLA advisor Laura Hilzendeger was named state FBLA Adviser of the Year.
“Being in FBLA has changed my life in ways I can't explain,” Kraus said. “Public speaking has never been something that I've been good at or enjoyed to any extent, and I never thought in a million years that I would come to enjoy presenting and being in front of large audiences. Through FBLA I have had the opportunity to grow in my independence and confidence, meet new people, and even become closer with our FBLA group, whom I'm so glad I can call some of my best friends. I will say that it has been a stressful two years, but in the end hard work pays off.”
“I am honored, proud, and excited to have placed first in the nation with my amazing team. My appreciation goes out to my family who has sent support since day one, my team members Christina and Kearah for sticking by my side, the Fife School District for all the love and praise, my advisors over the last two years Mrs. Hilzendeger and Mr. Hannah, and also Lindsey and Raleigh Paenitz for all the help and comfort brought to my team,” said Kreg.
“There are certain moments that stay with you for a lifetime, and placing first in our event at the national FBLA conference was definitely one of those,” Masnyy said. “So much hard work was put into this presentation, so many late nights and extra hours. There is no way to describe the nerves that come right before your event is called. You're scared, excited, worried, happy, nervous, shaking while smiling. Every time I see a photo or video, I get just as excited as I was when our names were first called for the national title. Being nationally recognized for our effort validates all the work that we have done.”
Other Fife FBLA students presented in the following events:
American Enterprise Project: Avery Newberry and Brooke Taylor
Partnership with Business: Jalyn Boado and Jack White
Publication Design: Arianna Gayles, Emily Stevenson, and Carley Wahlgren
Web Site Design: Rebecca Jones and Lauren Stucki
Insurance and Risk Management: Jaide Swanson
Introduction to Business: Kyle Roscoe
Networking Concepts: Jon Steger