2/11/2014 6:02:00 AM Kingman High students excel at FBLA contest
FBLA advisor Jean Meersman, far left, is pictured with 2014 FBLA regional competitors. The winners will advance to the state competition in April. (Courtesy)
FBLA Kingman High School students were among more than 400 participants at Arizona's Region 4 Event. With more than 20 schools across Northwest Arizona competing, KHS students brought home eight championships. The following students won awards:
Accounting I - 2nd place, Sonali Madahar, and Champion Haley Anderson
Advanced Accounting - 3rd place, Charles Van Vliet, 2nd place, Haley Anderson, and Champion Anna Harter
Computer Problem Solving - Champion Charles Van Vliet
Digital Design and Promotion - Championship team of Gerard Pipas and Johnathan Delgado
Business Calculations - 2nd place, Gerard Pipas
Computer apps - Championship team of Naomi Ellis & Logan Rucker
Word processing - 3rd place, Jack Nix, and Champion Desirae Gonzalez
Chapter Sign - 3rd place to Mrs. Gonzalez's 4th hour
Impromptu Speaking - Champion Ammah Billington
Public Speaking I - Champion Desirae Gonzalez
By Eve Hanna Miner reporter
KINGMAN - Acing tests and performance events to place in six events and garner eight championships, Kingman was well-represented at the Future Business Leaders of America Region 4 Conference held Jan. 29 at Grand Canyon University in Glendale. Winners will advance to state competition later this year.
Anna Harter, one of 27 Kingman High School students who competed in the event, was named champion in advanced accounting.
"I would have never known how much I enjoy accounting and taking business classes if it weren't for FBLA and BMAS," said Harter.
BMAS, or Business Management Administrative Services, is the business curriculum offered at KHS. Harter achieved certification in all the components of Microsoft Office by taking classes through the program, and became an accounting whiz. Harter, who credits FBLA for preparing her for college, is enlisted in the U.S. Army and plans to major in accounting and minor in journalism.
Ammah Billington won champion for her impromptu speaking after being asked, "As the cost of attending college continues to increase, what can FBLA do to encourage students to continue their education beyond high school?"
Billington said students had 10 minutes to "prepare yourself mentally and organize your thoughts" after being assigned a topic for a four-minute speech. Saying that she really wasn't too nervous, Billington credits FBLA and her KHS business teachers and advisors for preparing her for college with "encouragement and recommendations for scholarships." She is enrolled at ASU and plans to pursue a degree in psychology with a minor in business management.
Lane Pelham didn't win this year but enjoyed competing in the computer problem solving category - a contest he placed first in last year.
Pelham is enrolled at NAU and will major in geology with an emphasis in hydrogeology to prepare for a career in the field of power generation, possibly within the oil or electric power industries.
Like the other students interviewed, Pelham has high praise for FBLA and specifically mentioned his fellow FBLA member Charles Van Vliet who, according to Pelham, "was an introvert until FBLA got him out of his cocoon." Pelham said, "I'm really happy he [Van Vliet] joined, because he's a lot more social now."
Van Vliet scored a third place win in advanced accounting and was named champion in computer problem solving, so Pelham may be correct in saying that his friend is "headed for an Ivy League university to study quantum physics."
Jean Meersman, the FBLA advisor who accompanied the students to the conference, teaches business classes at KHS.
FBLA is a national nonprofit education association for high school students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The organization recognizes and rewards excellence through state-based competition where students compete in events that test their business knowledge and skill. Top state winners are eligible to compete for honors at the National Leadership Conference.