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2017-2018 FBLA YEAR NEWS

FBLA Attends National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, MD

Members of the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America from the Grand River Technical School recently traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, for the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference (NLC). The NLC is the pinnacle of the year with over 15,000 attendees and 140 competitive events. Attending students qualified after competing at the State Leadership Conference in Springfield, Missouri, in April.

This year's NLC brought the Star Spangled members to the birthplace of the banner - Baltimore, Maryland - for several days of interactive leadership. Students also toured the sites around Baltimore and Washington, DC, networked with members from other states and the world, and competed for national recognition and scholarships. The students attended various required meetings (opening ceremony, Missouri state meeting, North Central Missouri Regional meeting, and awards ceremony) as well as workshops. Their adviser, Sondra Sturguess, accompanied the students and attended the same required meetings, also serving as a coordinator for competitive events.

The team of Emma Bernskoetter, Emma Burk, and Ashlynn Hatfield competed in Introduction to Business Presentation. William Kieffer competed in the two-part Computer Applications skills event. Student competitive events include topics ranging from Accounting to Marketing and Website Development to Personal Finance. All competitive events are aligned to the standards taught in Missouri classrooms, allowing an intra-curricular experience to showcase skills taught.

Missouri FBLA-PBL, a chartered member of National FBLA-PBL, is a registered 501(c)3. Their mission inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. Missouri FBLA-PBL membership exceeds 15,500, making it the second largest state chapter of the organization in the nation and the second largest career and technical student organization in Missouri.

For more information about this topic, please contact Sondra Sturguess at Grand River Technical School at 660-646-3414 or email her.

Grand River Technical School FBLA: Elevating their Future
2018 State Leadership Conference
04/08-10/18

Fifteen members of the Grand River Technical School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Chapter attended the 2018 Missouri State Leadership Conference held April 8-10 in Springfield, Missouri. This year's FBLA theme was "Elevate Your Future."

FBLA is a career and technical student organization for all high school students participating in business programs. Missouri FBLA has the second largest state membership in the country. Over 4,600 members and advisers from FBLA chapters throughout the state met to elect state officers, participate in leadership and career workshops, and compete in the state leadership awards program.

At the awards ceremony, William Kieffer was awarded first place in Computer Applications while Emma Bernskoetter, Emma Burk and Ashlynn Hatfield placed second in Introduction to Business Presentation. These four students will be attending the National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, this summer.


National-Bound FBLA Members from Grand River Technical School - Emma Bernskoetter, Emma Burk, Ashlynn Hatfield, and William Kieffer

Several additional members were on the stage receiving medals including Brynlee Faulkner and Jessi Shipp, 6th place in Social Media Campaign; Trinity Harris, 7th place in Accounting I; and Samara Smyer, 7th place in Public Speaking. Justin Meierer was recognized for Outstanding Service to the local chapter.


FBLA State Medalists - (L-R) Trinity Harris, Jessi Shipp, Brynlee Faulkner, Emma Burk, Ashlynn Hatfield, Emma Bernskoetter, Samara Smyer, and William Kieffer

As a chapter, Grand River Technical School's chapter was recognized for their participation in fundraising for March of Dimes, Camp Quality, and community service. The chapter was also awarded the Gold Level Chapter of the Year based on their contributions in the areas of education, service and progress.

Other members representing GRTS in the state competition were Madison Eller, Sarah Nibarger, Kimberly Pool, Carter Allen, Michael Sandefer, Emma Hurtgen, Callaway Chapman, Claire Shipp, Grahm Mayers, Matt Anthony, and Trey Tipton. Jenny Hughes, Susan Mayers, and Sondra Sturguess are the local chapter advisers and accompanied the students to the conference. The chapter will be hosting a spaghetti fundraiser dinner to help pay the expenses necessary for the students to compete at nationals in Baltimore. More information will be provided at a later date.


Grand River Technical School FBLA Members Attend State Leadership Conference - (L-R) Emma Bernskoetter, Jessi Shipp, Brynlee Faulkner, Ashlynn Hatfield, Trinity Harris, Kimberly Pool, Emma Burk, Sarah Nibarger, Justin Meierer, Emma Hurtgen, Madison Eller, Samara Smyer, Michael Sandefer, Carter Allen, and William Kieffer

FBLA District Competition Results
02/16/18

The Grand River Technical School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed in the District 19 Leadership Conference on Friday, February 16, at the United Methodist Church in Chillicothe. Emma Bernskoetter and William Kieffer, District 19 officers, helped lead the opening/closing sessions, assisted with a workshop on personality, and distributed awards after the competition. Twenty-eight (28) members finished in the top five places in a variety of events, and 21 qualified for state competition. Trinity Harris was elected as District President, William Kieffer as Vice President of Communications, and Emma Bernskoetter, Secretary, for the 2018-2019 school year.


District officers elected for 2018-2019 include Kenny Manning, Wellington High School; William Kieffer, Emma Bernskoetter and Trinity Harris, Grand River Technical School; and Lindsey Ernat, Penney High School. Not pictured is Khloey Forst, Tina-Avalon High School.

To qualify for the State Leadership Conference, which will be April 8-10 in Springfield, members had to place in the top five for online testing and top one for performance and production events. Forty-three (43) GRTS members competed; and the following students qualified to compete at State: Trinity Harris, Accounting I, Spreadsheet Applications, and Word Processing; Justin Meierer, Accounting II; Claire Shipp, Agribusiness; Matt Anthony, Business Calculations; Madison Eller, Business Communications and Health Care Administration; William Kieffer, Computer Applications, Introduction to Information Technology and Website Design; Sarah Nibarger, Computer Problem Solving; Graham Mayers, Introduction to Business; Kimberly Pool, Introduction to Business Communication; Emma Burk and Ashlynn Hatfield, Introduction to Business Presentation; Emma Bernskoetter, Introduction to Business Presentation and Introduction to Business Procedures; Carter Allen, Introduction to Financial Math; Trey Tipton, Introduction to Information Technology; Callaway Chapman, Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure; Samara Smyer, Public Speaking; Brynlee Faulkner, McKenna Poling, and Jessi Shipp, Social Media Campaign; Emma Hurtgen, Website Design. If students finish in the top two at the State Leadership Conference, they will have the opportunity to compete at the National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, in June.


District competitors from our chapter who competed included Ashlynn Hatfield, Emma Burk, Samara Smyer, Sarah Nibarger, Brylnee Faulkner, Callaway Chapman, Kendra Toot, William Kieffer, Emma Bernskoetter, Brittney Derickson, Trinity Harris, Emma Hurtgen, McKenna Poling, Michael Sandefer, Madeline Lamp, Jadon Daley, Justin Meierer, Kimberly Pool, Jacob Chapman, Bryce Hague, Dalton Ripley, Jessi Shipp, Trey Tipton, Carter Allen, and Bailey Wilson

Students finishing in the top five in a variety of events included Michael Sandefer, Madeline Lamp, Brittany Derickson, Kendra Toot, Jacob Chapman, Jadon Daley, Bryce Hague, and Dalton Ripley. Many local businesspeople served as judges for the district competition, and FBLA is grateful for the community support. Mrs. Denise Toole, Chillicothe Middle School Adviser, and middle school FBLA officers attended and assisted at the district competition.

FBLA provides members the opportunity to hone their skills that will help them now and in the future. FBLAs mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Jenny Hughes, Sondra Sturguess, and Susan Mayers are the FBLA Advisers for the GRTS chapter.

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American Enterprise Day
11/15/17
The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter of Grand River Technical School celebrated American Enterprise Day on Wednesday, November 15, with a doughnut breakfast for members. Roger Bernskoetter, owner of Roger's Pawn and Gun, and Scott and Tammy Neill, owners of Uprooted Kitchen & Catering Co., were guest speakers and shared with students their stories of starting and operating businesses in this area. Roger, Scott, and Tammy all shared the importance of students pursuing vocational opportunities that best suited their passion. The business owners stressed the need to write a business plan and work with accountants to help in the process of beginning and maintaining a business. Marketing strategies were also discussed as well as the need to give back to the community.

President Jimmy Carter first proclaimed Free Enterprise Day in 1980 to honor the system that comprises the backbone of the United States economy. It is a day that symbolizes the freedoms granted to American citizens under the free enterprise system. Local FBLA members greatly appreciated Mr. Bernskoetter and Mr. and Mrs. Neill sharing their entrepreneurial experiences with chapter members.

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T-Shirt Sponsors - THANK YOU!
November 7, 2017

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) would like to thank the following for their support.

If you'd like to print our list, click on the image at right for a printable version.
BTC Bank
Chillicothe Family Pharmacy
Chillicothe Ford
Chillicothe State Bank
Community Press
Grand River Technical School
Hedrick Medical Center
Pat Thorne Lumber
Pepsi Cola
Queen Liv's Skate O Rama
Robertson Insurance Services
Sensenich Jeweler
Stifel
Grand River Area YMCA

Our business community always steps up when we need them, and we do appreciate it every year!

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2016-2017 FBLA YEAR NEWS

State Leadership Conference
Building a Legacy of Leadership
April 2-4, 2017

Seventeen members of the Grand River Technical School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Chapter attended the 2017 Missouri State Leadership Conference held April 2-4 in Springfield, Missouri. This year, FBLA celebrated its 75th anniversary with the theme "Legacy of Leadership." Missouri FBLA has the second largest state membership in the country.

FBLA is a career and technical student organization for all high school students participating in business programs. Over 4,600 members and advisers from FBLA chapters throughout the state met to elect state officers, participate in leadership and career workshops, and compete in the state leadership awards program. Fourteen senior members attended a special banquet in honor of FBLA members graduating this year, and Maggie Leatherman won the grand prize of a laptop.


Students taking the stage for being top 10 finalists: (L-R) Haley Lewis,
Skylar Ewing, Alexis Lavature, Alex Braymer and William Kieffer

At the awards ceremony, several members were on the stage receiving medals. Those included: William Kieffer, 5th in Introduction to Information Technology; Alex Braymer, 9th place in Help Desk; Alexis Lavature, 9th place in Database Design; Skylar Ewing and Haley Lewis, 9th place in Business Plan. Skylar Ewing, local president, was recognized for Outstanding Service to the local chapter.

As a chapter, Grand River Technical School's chapter was recognized for their participation in fundraising for March of Dimes, Camp Quality, and community service.

Students competed in a variety of events such as Healthcare Administration, Personal Finance, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, etc. Members representing GRTS in the state competition were Alex Braymer, Ashton Chowning, Skylar Ewing, Caitlin Fechtig, Mary Grace Rice, Hunter Hobbs, Monica Holland, William Kieffer, Alexis Lavature, Maggie Leatherman, Haley Lewis, Meg Lewis, Sarah Nibarger, Katelyn Parkey, Kimberly Pool, Andrew Smith, and RyLee Stover. Jenny Hughes, Susan Mayers, and Sondra Sturguess are the local chapter advisers and accompanied the students to the conference.


(L-R): RyLee Stover, Maggie Leatherman, Caitlin Fechtig, Ashton Chowning, Monica Holland, Skylar Ewing, Haley Lewis, Alexis Lavature, Mary Grace Rice, Sarah Nibarger, Katelyn Parkey, William Kieffer, Meg Lewis, Kimberly Pool, Alex Braymer, Hunter Hobbs and Andrew Smith

FBLA WEEK!
The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapters of Grand River Technical School and Chillicothe Middle School met Tuesday morning, February 7, as part of national FBLA week. Mike Palmer, local businessman from Hometown Pharmacy, was invited to speak to the group. Mike shared his journey of education and work history as well as included tips for students. He stressed the need to find a good mentor and develop lifelong learning habits through education, reading and skill building.


Hometown Pharmacy businessman Mike Palmer shared about his experiences in
business with Future Business Leaders of America members on Tuesday, February 7
at Grand River Technical School. FBLA members from Chillicothe High School
and Chillicothe Middle School were invited to attend.

FBLA week began with ice cream sundaes on Monday and will include a bowling party, job shadowing, and support of the Hornet basketball team on Friday. FBLA advisers are Jenny Hughes, Susan Mayers and Sondra Sturguess. Denise Toole and Tara O'Dell serve as the CMS chapter advisers.

FBLA DANCE - The Grand River Technical School Future Business Leaders of America partnered with the Chillicothe Middle School FBLA chapter to host a dance for grades 6 through 8. Over 150 students attended, and the chapters were able to donate $474 to March of Dimes and Camp Quality.

Local FBLA Chapter Officers Attend Great Northwest Day
The Grand River Technical School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) sponsored three freshmen officers to attend the Great Northwest Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, January 31. Grahm Mayers, William Kieffer, Emma Bernskoetter and FBLA Adviser Jenny Hughes joined the local Chillicothe business leaders' delegation as they met with Representative Rusty Black and attended a session of the Missouri House of Representatives. After hearing a presentation from Pat Curry of the University of Missouri Extension regarding economic data in the northwest area, students enjoyed a tour of the State Capitol building as well as a showcase of Northwest Missouri counties represented at this event. Students had the opportunity to network with Chillicothe business leaders during the meetings and meals.


Pictured from left to right: Grahm Mayers, William Kieffer,
Emma Bernskoetter and State Representative Rusty Black

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP STUDENTS RAISE MONEY FOR ALS RESEARCH
The fall semester Business Leadership class of Grand River Technical School chose raising money for ALS research as their community service project. The students, along with Community Press, designed a t-shirt in honor of former Hornet teacher and coach Dave Kinen.

Proceeds from the shirt sales raised a little over $1,500 for the ALS Association in his memory. McKenna Poling designed a giant Christmas card which was made by her father, Kelly Poling. The card was signed by many Chillicothe R-II faculty and staff as well as students. These students have fond memories of Coach Kinen and have been inspired by his "Never Quit" attitude.


Front: Andrew Smith, Matilyn Nickell, Katelyn Parkey, Gavin Seeley;
Back: Dalton Rosenbach, McKenna Poling, Maggie Leatherman, Monica Holland, Preston Hayes, Jacob Anderson

FOOD DRIVE
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members gathered for a Halloween party on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at Grand River Technical School. After collecting food for the Show Me Hunger: Unite the Fight project, members enjoyed games and snacks. FBLA members appreciate all those who donated food items.

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2015-2016 FBLA YEAR NEWS

Grand River Technical School Represented at FBLA National Leadership Conference
June 29–July 2, 2016

Zach Foyt, recent Chillicothe High School graduate and Grand River Technical School business student, competed in Database Design at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference held June 29–July 2 in Atlanta, Georgia. More than 9,380 participants from across the United States and abroad attended this conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 65 business and business-related competitive events.

The keynote speaker at the opening session was David Novak, founder and retired Chairman & CEO of Yum! Brands, one of the world’s largest restaurant companies (Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and KFC) with over 41,000 restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories. Novak's leadership book, Taking People with You, inspired the 2012 launch of "Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program," a free leadership/community service program for secondary students.

While attending the North Central Region meeting, Zach accepted the "America" level award on behalf of Jaylene Sturguess, local FBLA President, as part of the Business Achievement Awards. On behalf of the Grand River Tech FBLA chapter, Zach accepted the Hollis and Kitty Guy Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit the chapter earned this past year due to its involvement in community service, competitive events, and chapter participation. Grand River Tech was proud to have 93 members during the 2015-2016 school year. Adviser Jenny Hughes accompanied Zach on the trip.

Future Business Leaders of America is the premier student business organization with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

Grand River Tech FBLA Members "Connect"
April 24-26, 2016

Twenty members of the Grand River Technical School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Chapter attended the 2016 Missouri FBLA State Leadership Conference held April 24-26 in Springfield, Missouri. The theme for 2015-16 was "Connect." FBLA is a career and technical student organization for all high school students participating in business programs. Over 4,600 members and advisers from FBLA chapters throughout the state met to elect state officers, participate in leadership and career workshops, and compete in the state leadership awards program.

At the awards ceremony, Zach Foyt won third place in Database Design and will be competing in Atlanta, Georgia, at the National Leadership Conference June 30-July 3. Jaylene Sturguess was awarded the inaugural I Believe scholarship in honor of Missouri FBLA members who passed away this year. Jaylene was also recognized for completing the "America" award by completing all levels of the Business Achievement Awards (BAA) during her high school career. Monica Holland was recognized for completing the "Future" and the "Business" levels. Jaylene was recognized as the District 19 President and Sondra Sturguess as the District 19 Lead Chapter Adviser. Destinee Cordray, Linn Co. R-I area student at GRTS, was recognized for Outstanding Service to the local chapter.

As a chapter, Grand River Technical School’s chapter was recognized for their participation in fundraising for March of Dimes, Camp Quality, Connect with Children, and Connect with Chapters. As a result of the chapter's activity throughout the year in regard to membership growth, community service, competitions, and leadership involvement, the chapter was honored with a Gold Level Chapter of the Year award.

Students competed in a variety of events such as Business Law, Healthcare Administration, Personal Finance, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, etc. Members representing GRTS in the state competition were Steen Anthony, Alex Barnes, Destinee Cordray, Ellis Cordray, Cody Evans, Skylar Ewing, Caitlin Fechtig, Zach Foyt, Madison Gregory, Monica Holland, Zachary Holland, Brandon Lamp, Maggie Leatherman, Meg Lewis, Haley Lewis, Helena McNamee, Austin Murray, Katelyn Parkey, Andrew Smith, and Jaylene Sturguess. Jenny Hughes, Susan Mayers, and Sondra Sturguess are the local chapter advisers and accompanied the students to the conference.


Pictured, Kneeling: Austin Murray, Cody Evans; Standing (L-R): Zach Foyt, Ellis Cordray,
Caitlin Fechtig, Alex Barnes, Madison Gregory, Meg Lewis, Brandon Lamp, Andrew Smith,
Katelyn Parkey, Monica Holland, Maggie Leatherman, Destinee Cordray, Zachary Holland,
Skylar Ewing, Jaylene Sturguess, Helena McNamee, Steen Anthony, and Haley Lewis.

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2nd Annual Color Fun Run
5K (Walk or Run)
Saturday, April 23, 2016
For all ages! Groups/Teams Welcome!
Registration: 9:15 a.m. at GRTS
Start Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Old Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium (north entrance on west side of GRTS)
Fees: Pre-registration by April 11, 2016 - $20 (includes shirt) / Day of Run - $15 (no shirt)

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GRTS FBLA District Competition Results
February 16, 2016

The Grand River Technical School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed in district competition on Tuesday, February 16, at North Central Missouri College in Trenton. Jaylene Sturguess, District 19 President, and Caitlin Fechtig, Secretary, helped lead the opening/closing sessions and distribute awards later in the day. Thirty-three members finished in the top five places in a variety of events, and 21 qualified for state competition. Monica Holland was elected as Vice President of Membership for the 2016-2017 school year.

Monica Holland was elected as the District 19 Vice President
of Membership for the 2016-2017 school year.

To qualify for state competition, the members had to place in the top five for online testing and top one for performance and production events. The following students qualified to compete at the State Leadership Conference in Springfield from April 24-26: Accounting 1 and Spreadsheet Applications, Andrew Smith; Accounting II, Destinee Cordray; Agri Business and Economics, Robbie Parkey; Banking and Financial Systems, Alex Barnes, Zach Foyt, Austin Murray; Business Calculations, Madison Gregory and Skylar Ewing; Business Law, Helena McNamee; Computer Applications, Olivia Steely; Computer Problem Solving and Networking Concepts, Ellis Cordray; Database Design and Applications, Zach Foyt; Entrepreneurship, Cody Evans, Zach Foyt, Austin Murray; Global Business, Steen Anthony, Zach Holland, Brandon Lamp; Health Care Administration, Rylee Stover; Introduction to Information Technology, Emma Hurtgen; Personal Finance, Austin Murray; Sports and Entertainment Management, Maggie Leatherman, Meg Lewis, and Katelyn Parkey. If students finish in the top two at the State Leadership Conference, they will have the opportunity to compete at the National Leadership Conference in Atlanta in June.


District competitors from the Grand River Technical School chapter of Future
Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed on February 16 at North Central Missouri College. 

Students finishing in the top five were Brittany Derickson, Jessica Sanchez, Hanna Howard, Danielle Midgyett, Danielle Rapp, Maelaina Van Fossen, Mary Grace Rice, Hannah Bowyer, Maddie Lamp, Elizabeth Leach, Trey Batye, Jaylene Sturguess, Brett Clark, Nick Duncan, and Madison Eller.

Many local businesspeople served as judges for the district competition, and FBLA is grateful for the community support. North Central Missouri College assisted the event by the generous use of their facilities. Emma Bernskoetter, Will Kieffer, Reese Jarenboski, and Callaway Chapman, middle school FBLA officers, attended and assisted at the district competition.

FBLA provides members the opportunity to hone their skills that will help them now and in the future. FBLAs mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Jenny Hughes, Sondra Sturguess, and Susan Mayers are the FBLA Advisers for the GRTS chapter.

SHOW ME LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
October 3, 2015

October 3, 2015, was the date of this year's Show Me Leadership Conference at Worlds of Fun. Attending were 565 total members, which included 39 members from our chapter. Members received information on how the games are run, how to care for the rides, and took a tour of their new haunted house, Blood on the Bayou. For lunch, members received a free buffet and listened to various keynote speakers from the Departments of Security and Sales Management. After lunch, the members were allowed to enjoy the rides but had to attend one session of their choice located throughout the park. The members also enjoyed the haunted houses when they opened later that night.

FBLA OFFICER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
July 27-28, 2015

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) officers from Grand River Technical School attended the Executive Leadership Conference in Columbia, Missouri, July 27-28, 2015. Those attending included Jaylene Sturguess (President and District 19 President), Courtney Reger (Vice President of Membership), Trey Batye (Vice President of Communications), Brett Clark (Vice President of Community Service), Destinee Cordray (Reporter), Monica Holland (Recreation), Skylar Ewing (Recreation), Hailey Chase (Communications), and Haley Lewis (Community Service). Advisers Sondra Sturguess and Jenny Hughes accompanied the officers. Those officers not able to attend were Caitlin Fechtig (Secretary and District 19 Secretary), Robbie Parkey (Treasurer), Kaylee Rucker (Fundraising), Hunter Horton (Historian), Steen Anthony (Communications), and Johnny Laning (Community Service).

FBLA leaders from across the state participated in leadership training. During the sessions, students participated in team building activities, learned about leadership styles and techniques, and began planning for their chapter's activities during the upcoming school year. The meetings on Monday were held at the Tulaske School of Business and the session on Tuesday was at the Stoney Creek hotel conference rooms.

The GRTS officers held their own meeting on August 12, 2015, to further finalize their Program of Work for the 2015-2016 school year. Some of the activities planned include: Meetings every 3rd Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at GRTS; Black light dance at CHS on 11/13; Blood Drive 12/18 at GRTS; Color Fun Run on 3/19; Partners In Education with Ellen Hansen's kindergarten class, etc. Opportunities to help in the community are welcome.

2015-2016 Officers
Pictured:
Johnny Lanning (Community Service Director), Caitlin Fechtig (Secretary & District 19 Secretary), Brett Clark (Vice President of Community Service), Skylar Ewing (Recreation Director), Hailey Chase (Communications Director), Destinee Cordray (Reporter), Haley Lewis (Community Service Director), Monica Holland (Recreation Director), Courtney Reger (Vice President of Membership), Kaylee Rucker (Fundraising Director), Robert Parkey (Treasurer), Jaylene Sturguess (President & District 19 President), Trey Batye (Vice President of Communications)

2014-2015 FBLA YEAR NEWS

Grand River Tech FBLA Members "Step Up to the Challenge!"
April 12-14, 2015


Row 1: Nick Meyers, Skylar Ewing, Kendra Cobb, Maggie Leatherman, Courtney Reger, Rylee Stover,
Destinee Cordray, Sarah Rapp, Steen Anthony, Robbie Parkey; Row 2: Haley Lewis, Hailey Chase, Brad Ogle,
Jaylene Sturguess, Helena McNamee, Savannah Sturguess, Kiara Botts, Kaylee Rucker, Alex Barnes,
Caitlin Fechtig, Jon Kline, Mason Mayers; Row 3: Andrew Smith, Hunter Horton, Noah Holland, Katelyn Parkey,
Meg Lewis, Danielle Rapp, Ridge Maasdam, Zach Foyt, Brett Clark

Thirty-one members of the Grand River Technical School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Chapter attended the 2015 Missouri FBLA State Leadership Conference held on April 12-14 in Springfield, Missouri. The theme for 2014-15 was "Step Up to the Challenge!"

FBLA is a career and technical student organization for all high school students participating in business programs. Over 3,800 members and advisers representing 450 chapters throughout the state met to elect state officers, participate in leadership and career workshops, and compete in the state leadership awards program. The GRTS chapter toured the John Twitty Energy Center and attended a Springfield Cardinals baseball game.

At the awards ceremony, Savannah Sturguess received 3rd place in the Who's Who event. Sondra Sturguess was recognized as the District 19 Lead Chapter Adviser for district competition. The chapter received the distinction of Silver Chapter due to its involvement in service projects, competitive events, and a variety of activities throughout the year. The chapter received recognition for increasing its membership to 81 members.

Students competed in a variety of events such as Business Law, Healthcare Administration, Personal Finance, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, etc. Members representing GRTS in the state competition were: Steen Anthony, Alex Barnes, Kiara Botts, Hailey Chase, Brett Clark, Kendra Cobb, Destinee Cordray from Linn County; Skylar Ewing, Caitlin Fechtig, Zach Foyt, Noah Holland, Hunter Horton, Jon Kline, Maggie Leatherman, Haley Lewis, Meg Lewis, Ridge Maasdam, Mason Mayers, Helena McNamee, Nick Meyers, Bradley Ogle, Kaitlyn Parkey, Robbie Parkey, Danielle Rapp, Sarah Rapp, Courtney Reger, Andrew Smith, Rylee Stover, Jaylene Sturguess, and Savannah Sturguess. Jenny Hughes, Susan Mayers, and Sondra Sturguess are the local chapter advisers and accompanied the students to the conference.

District 19 Leadership Conference

Results
February 17, 2015

CAPTION: The Grand River Technical School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members competed in performance events at the District 19 Leadership Conference on February 17. Performance events ranged from preplanned business presentations to analyzing case studies and presenting solutions on a variety of topics.

The Grand River Technical School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed in district competition on Tuesday, February 17, at North Central Missouri College in Trenton. Savannah Sturguess, District 19 President, and Jaylene Sturguess, Secretary, helped lead the opening/closing sessions and distribute awards later in the day. Forty-five members finished in the top five places in a variety of events, and 29 qualified for state competition. Jaylene Sturguess was elected as District 19 President and Caitlin Fechtig as Secretary for the 2015-2016 school year.

To qualify for state competition, the members had to place in the top five for online testing and top one for performance and production events. The following students qualified to compete at the State Leadership Conference in Springfield from April 12-14: Accounting 1, Robbie Parkey and Destinee Cordray; Accounting II, Computer Problem Solving, and Networking Concepts, Bradley Ogle; Agribusiness, Robbie Parkey; Business Calculations and Business Communications, Brooke Nelson; Business Law, Helena McNamee and Hailey Chase; Business Plan, Nick Meyers; Computer Problem Solving and Cyber Security, Ridge Maasdam; Database Design, Zach Foyt; Economics, Brett Clark; Electronic Career Portfolio, Savannah Sturguess; Entrepreneurship team of Trey Batye, Nick Meyers, and Alex Barnes; FBLA Principles and Procedures, Danielle Rapp; Global Business team of Steen Anthony, Noah Holland, and Jon Kline; Health Care Administration, Sarah Rapp and Savannah Sturguess; Introduction to Business Communication, Ruby Whitt; Introduction to Information Technology, Skylar Ewing; Intro to Parliamentary Procedure, Rylee Stover; Introduction to Business, Andrew Smith; Management Decision Making team of Trey Batye, Hunter Horton and Brittany Derrickson; Personal Finance, Austin Murray; Sports and Entertainment Management team of Maggie Leatherman, Meg Lewis, and Katelyn Parkey; and Spreadsheet Applications, Mary Bligh.

District 19 Officers were elected for the 2015-2016 school year.

These include Vice President of FBLA-PBL Relations, Braxsten Cook (Penney High School); Parliamentarian, Abby Anderson (Penney); President, Jaylene Sturguess (Grand River Tech); Vice President of Communications, Jeanette Lewis (Brunswick); Vice President of Membership, Abbey Rounkles (Tina-Avalon); and Secretary, Caitlin Fechtig (Grand River Tech).

If students finish in the top two at the State Leadership Conference, they will have the opportunity to compete at the National Leadership Conference in Chicago in June.

Students finishing in the top five were Mikah Clark, Kristina Hamilton, Kaylee Rucker on the Business Ethics team; Kiara Botts, Skylar Mullikin and Danielle Rapp, Business Presentation; Hanna Howard, Client Service; Ian Smith and Olivia Steely, Computer Applications; Courtney Reger and Jaylene Sturguess, Digital Design; Renee Downing and Olivia Steely, Emerging Business Issues; Danielle Midgyett, Maggie Resor and Maelaina VanFossen, Hospitality Management; Skylor Foli, Impromptu Speaking; Corey Midgyett, Job Interview; Brett Clark, Morgan Dowell, and Cole Distler, Marketing team; Monica Holland, Kiara Botts, and Caitlin Fechtig, Public Service Announcement; Hailey Chase, Public Speaking 1, and Cole Distler, Spreadsheet Applications.

Many local businesspeople served as judges for the district competition, and FBLA is grateful for the community support. Men's Wearhouse sponsored two $100 raffle tickets for a free tuxedo rental and hosted a leadership workshop regarding professional dress and interviewing. North Central Missouri College assisted the event by the generous use of their facilities.

FBLA provides members the opportunity to hone their skills that will help them now and in the future. FBLAs mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Jenny Hughes, Sondra Sturguess, and Susan Mayers are the FBLA Advisers for the GRTS chapter.

Preparation
January 15, 2015

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter of Grand River Technical School hosted a monthly meeting for members on Wednesday, January 15. Members are currently preparing for the District 19 Leadership Conference to be held on Tuesday, February 17, at North Central Missouri College in Trenton.

To help students gear up for district competition, guest speaker Maura Sturguess gave tips on presenting during performance events. Maura is the former FBLA chapter president and currently serves as the State Secretary for Phi Beta Lambda, the college version of FBLA. Maura is a sophomore at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar majoring in accounting and information management.

Color Fun Run
October 4, 2014

FBLA hosted a 5K Color Walk/Run on Saturday, October 4. Sixty-five people participated in the event which began and ended at the school. Children and adults completed the event, which made for a fun and healthy family experience. Participants "collected" colors along the course, celebrating the completion of the 5K by receiving the fourth color north of the old Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium.

FBLA is a student organization whose mission is "to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs." With students helping plan the event, create promotional materials and flyers, and volunteer at various places along the course, they were developing leadership and community service skills.

5K Walk or Run - Saturday, October 4, 2014 - Registration 9:30 a.m. with 10:00 a.m. Start.
Old Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium
Flyer (PDF)

FBLA OFFICER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
July 27-29, 2014

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) officers from Grand River Technical School attended the Executive Leadership Conference in Osage Beach, Missouri, July 27-29, 2014. Those attending included Savannah Sturguess (President and District 19 President), Jaylene Sturguess (Vice President and District 19 Secretary), Skyler Ewing (Reporter), Caitlin Fechtig (Communications Director), and Trey Batye (Historian). Adviser Sondra Sturguess accompanied the officers. Those officers not able to attend were Brett Clark (Treasurer/Fundraising), Mason Mayers (Secretary), Nick Mayers (Recreation Director), Courtney Reger (Community Service Director), Robbie Parkey (Communications Director) and Kiara Botts (Community Service Director).

FBLA leaders from across the state participated in leadership training. During the sessions students participated in team building activities, learned about leadership styles and techniques, and began planning for their chapter's activities during the upcoming school year. District officers participated in special sessions for district planning and organized meetings for the upcoming year.

The GRTS officers held their own meeting on August 18, 2014, to finalize their Program of Work for the 2014-2015 school year. Some of the activities planned include: Color Fun Run on 10/04, meetings every 2nd Wednesday 6:00 p.m. at GRTS, Partners In Education with Ellen Hansen's kindergarten class, kick-off meeting movie in the park on 09/20, middle school black light dance, etc. Opportunities to help in the community are welcome.

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