On Feb. 11 Elsberry FBLA Advisor Judy Gomel took 11 of her students to the Future Business Leaders of America District 7 Leadership Conference at Hannibal-LaGrange University.
Those 11 students brought home 14 medals and ten students will now move on to compete at the state level in Columbia this April.
Kimmie Croxville placed first in Accounting I, third in Job Interview and sixth in Word Processing.
Sheyanna Curtis placed third in Agribusiness, third in Business Ethics (a team event) and fourth in Business Calculations.
Tara O’Brien also placed third in Business Ethics, while Anne Heintzelman and Nick Daly both placed first in Business Presentation (a team event).
Heintzelman also placed sixth in Business Communication.
Mason Cameron placed second in Networking Concepts and fifth in Computer Problem Solving.
Bo Young and Brendan O’Driscoll were both awarded first place in Business Plan (a team event)
Last, but certainly not least, Ethan Miller and Jacob Sabella each placed second in Web Design (a team event).
Miller also received second place in Computer Problem Solving.
Sabella, Miller and Cameron will be competing in Computer Game and Simulation Programming at the state level event scheduled for April 13-15.
“The students deserve all of the credit,” said Gomel. “It was up to them to prepare for their own events.”
Other area high schools that competed in the event included Bowling Green, Clopton, Community R-6, Hannibal CTC, Marion County, Mark Twain, Monroe City, Montgomery, Pike-Lincoln Technical Center, Silex, Troy-Buchanan, Van-Far, Wellsville-Middletown and Wright City.
Many of the events were completed previously via online testing at local high schools, while others such as Business Ethics and Business Presentation were performed the morning of the competition in front of volunteer judges from area businesses.
Business Plan and Website Design required students to submit a prejudged component consisting of a business proposal and website approximately one month prior to the event, followed by a presentation and sales pitch at the event itself.
Gomel said only those students placing first in a performance event and the first five finalists selected from the online testing sessions are invited to attend the state competition.
“Students not only compete at the state event, but they’re able to watch other competitions, elect state officers, attend seminars and listen to motivational speakers,” said Gomel. “One evening there’s even a huge dance where all of the FBLA kids from across the state can socialize together.”