A record 16 members of the CHS chapter attended the largest FBLA ever with 10,000 students participating from across the country. Accompanying the students were CHS business teachers Lisa Beye and Ashley Coirier.
Junior Ally Basore placed first in the nation in Intro?duction to Parliamen?tary Procedures based on a 100-question test covering a variety of FBLA practices. About 200 individuals competed in this test.
Basore also is the Kansas state parliamen?tarian and participated in her duties at the conference.
Nellie Kassebaum, another senior graduate, placed third in Electronic Career Portfolio. Her portfolio was based on a career in photo journalism and highlighted her experiences in photography.
In a website report, Kassebaum listed the qualifications that would help her to be successful as a photojournalist: her trip to Peru sponsored by National Geographic, her photography contest won locally and her business called NLK Photography.
Bryanna Svoboda and Makenzie Deines, both senior graduates, finished seventh for the community service project they carried out during the school year. Called Senior Savvy, the project was a technology tutoring program at the Herington Hilltop for 45 minutes every Friday.
Beye said the only other team from which a Centre FBLA member placed at nationals was when Jacob Jirak placed three years in a row. As a sophomore he placed first in Personal Finance, as a junior he placed ninth in Marketing and as a senior he placed ninth in Economics.
The following teams of Centre students competed this year but did not place: Parliamentary Procedures members Grant Srajer, Kristin Vin?duska, Timothy Vinduska and Shelby Makovec; Network Design members Justin Bina, Connor Montgomery and Dakota Stimpson; Hospital?ity Management members Makenzie Deines, Bryanna Svoboda and Cacey Simons.
CHS students also competed in different areas of testing: Brenna Shields, agribusiness; Abigail Svoboda and Carrissa Shields, FBLA principles and procedures; and Ty Simons and Shelby Makovec, partnership with business team.
?These students have all worked hard and have competed over the years to get to this level,? Beye said. ?Centre schools are proud of their accomplishments.?