Fife High School’s chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) broke a chapter record – set just last year – at the state conference and competition last month. The chapter is now organizing fundraisers and seeking donations to send students to the national conference and competition in Annehiem, Calif., this summer.
"Every little bit helps, so we will take whatever we can get," Chapter Advisor and Fife Business and Marketing teacher Laura Hilzendeger said.
The cost for the trip will be about $1,000 per student for travel and lodging, so car washes and restaurant takeovers, GoFundMe sites and business donation requests are in the works.
The FBLA chapter already has about $3,000 that was gathered from previous fundraisers as well as from contributions from the Fife High Booster Club and Associated Student Body. Business people who have provided the Fife High School chapter with support this year include, Raleigh and Lindsey Paenitz, Sondra Mangan, Denise Gibbs, Stephanie Steger, Kevin Connelly, Christiann Thomas, Scott Dumas, Rusty George, Congressman Denny Heck and Kendall Shelton.
Fife’s FBLA chapter has 79 students, with 53 students attending the state competition April 19 to 22 in Spokane. The chapter walked away with 26 students placing in the top 10 out of the 42 business-related competitions members. The competitions ranged from interviewing and business planning to web design and parliamentary procedure. All but four students placed high enough in their competitions to go straight to nationals, June 27 to July 3. Because the national competition falls after graduation, only 17 Fife students are actually going this year, but that still makes it the largest team in chapter’s 16-year history.
The chapter at Fife High School formed in 2001 and first sent a team to nationals in 2002.
"We have gone to nationals ever since," said Hilzendeger, who won “Adviser of the Year” honor this year alongside Denise Gibbs’ “Business Person of the Year” award.
Among the standouts this year is Alyssa Kreg, who placed in three of all three of her competitions. She took first place in “Introduction to Business Presentation,” alongside team members Kearah Kraus and Christina Masnyy. She also placed sixth for both “Job Interview” and “Sales Presentation.”
Senior Jack White and junior Jalyn Boado won third place for “Partnership with Business,” alongside classmate Elaine Weslati for their team project that involved 27 students participating in job shadows at local businesses.
White’s trip to California will mark his third national appearance, but he noted that the FBLA conferences are more about hearing speakers and attending workshops than the competitions.
“For me, it's a learning experience, and you take a break to do your presentation," he said.
Boado agrees but admits the competition brings her A game.
“For me, it was a little nerve-racking,” she said. “It was a lot of pressure, to say the least."
On top of her state awards, Boado was elected as the state’s FBLA Public Relations Officer.
Fife High 2017 Winners:
American Enterprise Project, 3rd Place, Avery Newberry and Brooke Taylor
Coding and Programming, 9th Place, Jon Steger
Digital Video Production, 7th Place, Alyx Gibbs and Elaine Weslati
Introduction to Business, 4th Place, Kyle Roscoe
Insurance and Risk Management, 4th Place, Jaide Swanson
Introduction to Business Presentation, 1st Place. Kearah Kraus, Alyssa Kreg, and Christina Masny
Introduction to Business Presentation, 2nd Place, Grace Mattson and Ella Pierson
Impromptu Speaking, 8th Place, Isabella Gossing
Job Interview, 6th Place, Alyssa Kreg
Local Chapter Annual Business Report, 2nd Place, Brooke Taylor
Mock Job Interview, 7th Place, Emma Murrey
Networking Concepts, 7th Place, Jon Steger
Parliamentary Procedure, 4th Place, Jackson Cooley, Andrea Fredericksen, Kate Meinecke, Isabella Robertson, and Sarah Sissel
Partnership with Business, 3rd Place, Jalyn Boado, Elaine Weslati, and Jack White
Publication Design, 4th Place, Arianna Gayles, Emily Stevenson, and Carly Wahlgren
Sales Presentation, 6th Place, Alyssa Kreg
Website Design, 4th Place, Rebecca Jones and Lauren Stucki
Denise Gibbs, Business Person of the Year
Laura Hilzendeger, Adviser of the Year
Columbia Junior High winners:
Graphic Design, 7th Place, Jaden Scholz, Aubrey Stewart, and Mattie Jollie
Local Chapter Annual Business Report, 10th Place - Dom Hernandez, Clayton Chang and Anastasia Vilenius
Publication Design, 10th Place, Sophia Yuen, Anastasia Vilenius, and Joleene Nguyen
Website Design, 7th Place, Alexa Valenciano, Rionna Majack, and Zoie Breland
Fife High and Columbia were both recognized as Gold Seal Chapters.