Future Business Leaders of America
State Leadership Conference
By Kristina Ham
FBLA is the student organization that helps today’s business students become tomorrow’s business leaders. Throughout the year, organization members participated in leadership activities and followed the national theme by taking advantage of all the opportunities that FBLA has to offer by passing through the “Gateway to Greatness.” During the year, the chapter received much recognition as a result of their planning and organization of chapter projects and activities including plaques, certificates, and medals from the State Leadership Conference held in Vail April 21 - 24. Twenty-one members traveled to Vail and many members were recognized on stage for the efforts in FBLA. This is an impressive feat considering that over 2,500 people attended the conference.
|Teanna Amaral||Partnership with Business||5|
|Payin Becerra||Management Information Systems, Team 1||5|
|AJ Brandt||Introduction to Technology Concepts||7|
|Molly Brandt||Business Communications|
|Local Chapter Annual Business Report||1|
|Brett Cumming||Computer Problem Solving A+||9|
|Margarita Fierro||Peak 5||Recognized|
|Kaylee Ham||Local Chapter Annual Business Report||1|
|KrisAnna Ham||Local Chapter Annual Business Report||1|
|Carolina Hermosillo||Networking Concepts||6|
|Jose Jaquez||Management Information Systems, Team 2||8|
|Shaylee Krueger||Business Plan|
|Ben Martinez||Management Information Systems, Team 1||5|
|Alex McCallum||Electronic Career Portfolio|
|Leo Ochoa||Digital Design and Promotion|
|Brooke Parker||American Enterprise||2|
|Cierra Prelle||Peak 5||Recognized|
|Brittany Prottsman||Partnership With Business||2|
|Alex Quintana||American Enterprise||5|
|Gaby Quintana||Management Information Systems, Team 2||8|
|Whitni Redman||Future Business Leader|
||State Executive Vice President||
|Meg Strauss||Business Plan|
A highlight of the conference was Whitni Redman serving as the 2011-2012 State Executive Vice President. Her duties for the office began following her appointment last year by attending a State Officer meeting and continued though out this year. She attended officer training in Breckenridge, two other state officer meetings, National Fall Leadership Conference, Fall Leadership Conference, and three District Leadership conferences where she was instrumental in helping make the meetings successful. In addition, she traveled to other local chapters to participate in chapter visits. At the State Leadership Conference, Whitni, along with her state officer team, greeted Colorado FBLA members, handed out chapter awards, and introduced the key note speaker at the opening session. During the closing ceremony, she gave her farewell speech. The speech brought tears to not only her eyes, but her mother’s eyes as well.
Another highlight of the conference was KrisAnna Ham placing first in her event for the fourth in a row. The last time this happened is when Chris Brown was honored his senior year for placing first in an event all four years. KrisAnna took over the Local Chapter Annual Business report as a freshman and placed first all four years at the State Leadership conference. This is a chapter event that has been completed by the chapter for many years. The first report was created by Kandie Kramer and has a rich history of family members completing it together. Other family team members who completed the project include Nicole and Darci Tomky, Chris and Aly Brown, Justin and Sarah Heermann, and now KrisAnna and Kaylee Ham
9th Place Brett Cumming COMPUTER PROBLEM SOLVING ~ This event honors those students who have a broad base of knowledge and competencies in core hardware and operating system technologies including installation, configuration, diagnostics, preventative maintenance, and basic net working is an important element for today’s computer savvy individual.
8th Place Jose Jaquez and Gaby Quintana MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
5th Place Payin Becerra and Ben Martinez MANAGEMENT INFROMATION SYSTEMS ~ The ability to design and implement an information system solution to effectively manage vast amounts of information is a valuable skill that leads to the success of many business entities today. The use of technology to develop these information systems plays crucial role in a business’ ability to compete in today’s business environment. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who demonstrate an understanding of and ability to apply these skills including systems analysis and design, database management and modeling, and defining system and business requirements. This is a two part event. Students take a test coving the concepts and only the top 10 scores are invited to receive a case study and give an impromptu presentation solving the case study.
7th Place A.J. Brandt INFORMATION PROCESSING ~ The processing of data is important to the successful operation of business. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who understand the basic principles involved in computer technology including computer applications concepts, basic computer principles and terminology, programming basic concepts such as structure and logic, computer equipment, computer safety, and security.
6th Place Carolina Hermosillo NETWORKING CONCEPTS ~ Acquiring a high level of familiarization and proficiency in working with networks is essential in today’s connected workplace. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who have an understanding of network technologies including computer architecture, operating systems, environments, utilities, systems analysis and design, communications and networking infrastructures.
5th Place Teana Clark and Brittney Prottsman PARTNERSHIP WITH BUSINESS ~ The two project chairs came together to establish a new Junior High Division of FBLA and to help the Junior High chapter find exciting ways to teach young entrepreneurs business skills. Based on the tremendous impact that local businesses have had on our FBLA chapter, the project chairs approached Highline Electric with a partnership idea. The idea was to help junior high students learn about jobs that are available in community and the skills needed for these jobs. Teanna and Brittney held a luncheon during the first half of the year for all junior high students. Chapter officers did a presentation about the benefits of joining FBLA. Following the meeting, student signed up to be FBLA members and applications for junior high chapter officers were given out. An election was held and results were Austin Vieselmeyer-President, Zander Nelson-Vice President, Jesus Loya-Secretary, Kaitlyn Lenhart-Treasurer, Taylor Mayden-Reporter, and Jesus Martinez-Student Council Representative. Eighth grade students took a tour of Highline and talked with employees from several different departments. Following the tour, students wrote cover letters to “apply” for positions at Highline.
2nd Brooke Parker and Alex Quntana AMERICAN ENTERPRISE PROJECT ~ The Apprenticeship Business Challenge project was based off of the hit television series The Apprentice. In the Apprenticeship, each of the participants were required to participate in a wide variety of tasks that were used to show case their talents. The most capable candidate was determined by his or her proficiency of the tasks at hand. The winner of all of the tasks will receive a $1,000 scholarship as a reward. The Bank of Colorado, Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke Market Place, and PCTelcom all donated $250 towards the grand prize and set up lifelike business challenges for each of the participants. Bank of Colorado sponsored the resume writing. Holyoke Enterprise asked students to look within themselves and analyze what they have to offer a perspective employer. Holyoke Market Place asked students to create a digital video advertisement about either the Market Place or their products. PCTelcom requested that students write a commercial for PCTelcom highlighting products and services. The top two commercials will be videotaped and the top one will play in the Peerless.
1st Place Molly Brandt, Kaylee Ham, and KrisAnna Ham LOCAL CHAPTER ANNUAL BUSINESS REPORT ~ Business reports are used extensively to inform management, staff, stockholders, and the general public about all aspects of the business. The Hamden L. Forkner Award recognizes FBLA chapters that effectively summarize their year’s activities. The event provides participants with valuable experience in preparing annual business reports.
For the fourteenth time, Holyoke FBLA was awarded the PEAK V Award. This event was completed by Margarita Fierro and Cierra Prelle. The Peak Awards range from Peak I to Peak V, with Peak V being the highest award available. This award requires chapters to submit information in a bound portfolio (report) format. Each FBLA chapter completes and documents a total of 21 activities including six activities from the Membership and Chapter Management section, four activities from the Community and School Service section, and eleven activities form the Education and Progress section.
Holyoke FBLA wouldn’t be as rich as it is without chaperones willing to stay up late and still get up early in the morning, help critique and perfect presentations, and help students as they move around on busses to get all their activities early. That dedicated and caring individual was Misti Redman.
Despite the economy, two local businesses gave donations to Colorado FBLA to help keep the costs down for all participating students. Businesses helping students attend this year included First Pioneer National Bank, and Grainland. The Businesses are highlighted as State Conference donors on the Colorado FBLA website, in the state program, and during the awards ceremony.
The students traveling and competing at nationals include Molly Brandt, KrisAnna Ham, Kaylee Ham, Alex Quintana, Brooke Parker, Cierra Prelle, Margareta Fierro, and Whitni Redman.
Students are required to participate in two workshops developing their leadership abilities. This year’s Keynote speaker, Mama Drill, was known for her sense of humor as she gave the welcomed Colorado FBLA members with “Hello My Future , My Heroes!!!!. Her speech made all of us laugh as we learned about being a leader. Her speech reached everyone in there. She spoke about growing up in a depress and poor community and she joined the army so she could have a roof over her head and food to eat It helped our students to realize how lucky they are to have caring and giving parents. She inspired students to walk down the pathway and through the “Gateway to Greatness” at this State Leadership Conference.