Members of the Niangua Future Business Leaders of America participated in FBLA Week Feb. 6-11. The week began with 20 members traveling to Bolivar to participate in District 13 competition. Following the opening ceremony, several groups presented presentations in different categories and gave speeches. Medal winners were: Jaycee Callaway, first place in FBLA Principles and Procedures, Shawnae Kurtenbach, Public Speaking II; Jaycee Callaway, second place in Introduction to Parliamentarian Procedure; Dashawna Donaldson, fourth place in Introduction to Parliamentarian Procedure; Laura Biggers, fifth place in Introduction to Parliamentarian Procedure; Krysta Cash, third place in Organizational Leadership; Kodey Weaver, fifth place in Personal Finance; Kelcie Matney, fifth place in Word Processing; Alivia Donaldson, Halie Henderson and Shawnae Kurtenbach, fourth place in Digital Video Production; David Champlin, Kelcie Matney, Dashawna Donaldson and Tre Kochs, fifth place in Parliamentarian Procedures, Angel Dawson, Monae Kochs and Abby Nichols, fourth place in Website Design; David Champlin, third place in Future Business Leader and Nikki Roseborough received a wild card winner slot for Introduction to Business Communications. Niangua placed 11th overall out of 23 schools.
On Wednesday, Feb. 8, nine members traveled to Jefferson City to attend the CTE Legislative Day. Attending were FBLA Officers David Champlin, president, Kelcie Matney, vice president of membership, Gerald Johnson, vice president of public relations, Dashawna Donaldson, secretary, Jaycee Callaway, reporter, members Shawnae Kurtenbach, Ellie Wantland, Laura Biggers, Melissia Letterman, FBLA advisor Jennifer Callaway and FFA advisor Caitlin Brown. Throughout the day, meetings were conducted with House Representatives Hannah Kelly and Lyndall Fraker, and Senator Mike Cunningham’s staff to share thoughts about CTE and how it is benefitting the local FBLA and FFA chapters. Rep. Fraker provided an opportunity for the group to be introduced during the opening of the House session. State PBL officers then welcomed the group to accompany them to the top of the Capitol building for a better view of Jefferson City.
Members were given the opportunity to “dress up” throughout the week to show off their FBLA spirit. On Tuesday, members dressed like a star/famous person; Wednesday, several members represented their favorite college/university; members were able to dress like your future occupation on Thursday; and Friday brought about a sea of blue and gold as members dressed in official organization colors.
Following a breakfast of doughnuts, juice and milk for all members, faculty and staff on Friday morning, lunch brought an opportunity for members to learn more about their officer team’s role and interest. A scavenger hunt was conducted with $10 McDonald’s and Dairy Queen cards being awarded to the winners.
On Saturday, approximately 20 members and parents showed up at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, to help work the concession stand at the Auto Swap Meet. The group works the concession stand at various events throughout the year to help raise money for leadership activities, competition fees and other convention expenses.