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FBLA takes over State, breaks PSD record

Isabella Mahal

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On April 19, 20, and 21, 54 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members from Fossil Ridge High School competed in the state competition in Vail, Colorado. 23 of them qualified for Nationals, setting a Poudre School District record; they will compete in Anaheim, California between June 29 and July 2. For the complete list of qualifiers, see below.

Different events have different prompts, but most are speech or presentation related. There are also a few events administered as tests, and some displayed as roleplays. Sophomore Alexandre Shappell took third place in Public Speaking 1 at the state competition, and will be one of Fossil’s representatives in California this summer. The prompt in his event was to write a business related speech about the FBLA goals, and Shappell’s own speech highlighted three of the ten in an action plan for implementing those goals. His plan included the concepts of “service, fulfillment, happiness, and success”.

He explained that business competition works approximately the same in regionals, state, and nationals. The student walks into a room and introduces themselves to the one to four judges, then gives their speech to the best of their ability. Then, they sit and wait for results, and provide support for their peers who are competing throughout the day. Shappell has learned a great deal from being in FBLA at Fossil. He finds that his event is, “a very important part of business leadership, but that it’s not just about that. Public speaking can be applied to your school presentations, your English projects, digital video productions.”

Fossil students were proud of their performance at the event, saying that, “we performed spectacularly. It was just really interesting and inspiring to see how many events we dominated in, not just National qualifiers but top three and first places. FBLA is for any student who is interested in leadership.” Good luck at Nationals, and congratulations all the Sabercats who made it this far!

54 Sabercats competed at FBLA state, and part of the business competition is looking professional.

Competitor Event Place
Fossil Ridge Chapter Community Service/ March of Dimes Top 3 Fundraisers in Colorado
Fossil Ridge Chapter Membership Largest Chapter in District 1
Fossil Ridge Chapter Peak Recognition Peak V (highest chapter recognition)
Lisa Landwehr BAA Business Achievement Awards America (highest individual recognition)
Neil Rowen BAA Business Achievement Awards Leader Award
Lexi  Nylund BAA Business Achievement Awards Leader Award
Lisa Landwehr BAA Business Achievement Awards Leader Award
Courtney Stone Accounting 2 4th
Ansel Pierce Social Media Campaign 1st
Rachel Tomas Word Processing 1st
Taylor Lyle Advertising 1st
Dane Harnish Intro. to Financial Math 2nd
Arnold Pfanhl Cyber Security 1st
Riley Hurley Insurance & Risk Mgmt. 1st
Natalie Liao Insurance & Risk Mgmt. 4th
Jeannie Zhang Intro. to Business 4th
Gracie Finnegan Journalism 5th
Dylan Ellis Personal Finance 4th
Jacob Trenholm and

Miles Scharte

American Enterprise Project 1st
Austin Ritz Client Service 5th
Melissa Rauwerdink,

Zach Norris, and CJ Martindale

Entrepreneurship 1st
Nick Lin, Chelsea Wang, and Lisa Landwehr Global Business 1st
Austin Ownbey Help Desk 1st
Ashley Beaty, Mina Chi, and Reese Wilson Partnership with Business 3rd
Alexandre Shappell Public Speaking I 3rd

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Isabella Mahal: journalist, academic beat leader, activist for what she believes in. Whether it’s defending women’s rights, LGBT+ rights, or freedom of speech, Mahal isn’t afraid to fight for what she finds just. She has been involved in journalism since her freshman year, but she didn’t know until a couple months into the class that...
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6 Responses to “FBLA takes over State, breaks PSD record”

  1. Rena on April 25th, 2017 11:05 am

    Thank you from Business Leadership! <3

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  2. Farhan on April 27th, 2017 7:57 am

    Great informative article with all the facts listed clearly. The chart helped me see who competed at the state competition and each paragraph had a quotes from the interviewee to help the article get more depth.

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  3. Mason Fowler on April 27th, 2017 8:04 am

    This article has a lot of detail. I like how they put the competitor, what they placed, and the event. I like how they talk about certain prompts and the speeches. I feel like they could’ve gotten a few more quotes from individuals but besides that, it’s a really good article.

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  4. Karli on April 27th, 2017 8:08 am

    Super exciting and proud of FBLA for breaking the record. Love that the table was to created so that I can see everyone who competed. Good overall structure with all the needed to know information at the top.

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  5. Amber Smith on April 27th, 2017 8:09 am

    i found this really interesting and well-written. Thank you for covering this and I have learned more about FBLA thanks to this article. Keep up the good work!

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  6. Citlalli Garcia on April 27th, 2017 8:13 am

    The rankings there is a good idea and goes with the article which is not that long, but still goes well with the info and gives all details about the competition.

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