By: Hannah Pendergrast, Contributing Writer
FBLA has been busy these past couple of months. For example, the Centralia FBLA chapter has scheduled game nights, attended a legislative day at Missouri’s capital, competed at FBLA District Leadership Conference (DLC) and hosted a public Nerf War fundraiser. Currently, they are planning for the trip to FBLA State Leadership Conference (SLC).
FBLA District Leadership Conference (DLC) took place on Friday, February 1, 2019, at MACC in Moberly. The students participated in events such as Political Science, Impromptu Speaking, Entrepreneurship, Networking Concepts, Public Speaking and Introduction to Business. The Centralia FBLA chapter had 30 out of 44 members who placed in the top ten, and 16 students qualified for state.
Mackenzie Whithaus, Centralia’s FBLA secretary, was elected as a district officer at DLC. To accomplish this, Whithaus went through an application process, campaigned for FBLA district secretary and presented a speech at DLC.
FBLA State Leadership Conference (SLC) takes place in Springfield, Missouri. SLC starts on Sunday, April 14, 2019, and ends on Tuesday, April 16. Tommy Foster, Jagger Harris, Shane Hawkins, Adam Petty, Ben Ray, Aaron Richterkessing, Andrew Rish and Danielle Sims qualified for state in two events, while Tommy Foster, Jagger Harris and Ben Ray qualified in all three of their events. Because FBLA members can only compete in two state events, the students who qualified will have to choose two out of their three events for competition.
At SLC, students have the opportunity to participate in several events: breakout sessions, opening and closing sessions at the JQH arena, FBLA Live, leadership seminars and their individual events.
Andrew Reynolds, CHS FBLA chapter advisor and business teacher, believes the FBLA students did very well at district competition and is proud of the chapter members.
FBLA also hosted a Nerf War on Friday, March 1, 2019. This public fundraiser took place in both the high school gym and cafeteria. Participants, equipped with Nerf guns and ammunition, had the option of playing different Nerf tournaments with their group, including Battle Royale and Zombies. The FBLA group provided participants with pizza and refreshments later on in the evening. Emma Edwards, a junior at Centralia High School and the vice president of membership for FBLA, created this fundraiser with her membership committee.