Local business students to compete at Vail

Vail, Colo., is more than just a ski-town, and every year students from all over the state gather there to compete in the spirit of American business.

Our local chapter of Future Business Leaders of America, FBLA, will be participating, once again, in this state competition with a strong showing.

We will be represented in a variety of different events by more than 20 Pagosa students.

Danielle Pajak will compete in Accounting; Jacob Haynes will compete in Business Calculations; Casey Crow, Lars Schneider and Garret Stoll will attend, with a team effort in E-Business; Jordan Davey will compete in Accounting; Mary Haynes will compete in Business Math and Kelsea Anderson is also moving on to state for Client Services; Jeff Reardon is attending for Impromptu Speaking, Tayler McKee for Word Processing, Ryan Searle for Business Calculations, Logan Secrist for Business Procedures, Jacob Anderson for Marketing. Also, Jacie Harms, club vice president, and Julia Adams, secretary, will attend to present the Peak Award and Community Service Projects. Courtney Hudnall and Mele LeLievre will accompany the chapter as voting delegates. Good luck to all our competitors!

The rest of our members have also had great success this year. We took home many awards from our district competition in February. The Parliamentary Procedure team consisting of Crystal Purcell, Jacob Haynes, Mary Haynes, Kalie Ray and Hope Forman placed fourth. Kade Skoglund earned fifth place in the Job Interview event; Jordin Frey got fifth place in Impromptu Speaking as well as being a member of the fifth-place Global Business team along with Amber Lark and Tayler McKee. Casey Crow and Emmi Greer took fifth and seventh in the Public Speaking event. Logan Secrist, Jordan Davey and Ryan Searle teamed up to win fourth place in the Website Development. Lars Schneider ranked sixth in Business Math. Elliot Harwood and Ryan Stahl were the ninth-place team in Network Design. Sarah Smith and Brooke Spears were the seventh-ranked team in Emerging Business Issues. Ashley Iverson and Courtney Hudnall competed in Word Processing II and took seventh and eighth places. Pagosa’s team in Management Decision Making — Tamra Leavenworth, Taylor Cunningham and Charisse Morris — earned sixth place; Morris also competed and won ninth in Business Law. Sarah Stuckwish scored 10th place in Business Math as well as teaming up with Courtney Hudnall to earn sixth place in Desktop Publishing. Finally, Brooke Spears placed sixth in Introduction to Business Communications.

Evidently, many Future Business Leaders of our country are right here in Pagosa. Overall, we competed strongly as a chapter and will continue this success in Vail as we move on to the state level. Those winning at this competition will move on the represent us at Nationals in Anaheim, Calif.