Piggott High FBLA Members off to Nationals

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Piggott High School FBLA members attending the state meeting were, from left: Front--Arlis Mauldin, Jordan Stallings, Madison Crittenden, Joelle Gordon, Megan Blue and Tyler Peters. Center--Zack Vanderkooi, Peyton Haley, Michelle Haley, Jerica Tate, Emily Midkiff, Katie Foster, Lakyn Fry, Dakota Burr and Logan Massey. Back--James Maynard, Bryan Tate, Nathan Blakely, Connor Boyster, Aaron Meadows, McKain Holman, Josh Stone, Dylan Howell and Quinton Mauldin.

Piggott High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) scored big at this year's State Leadership Conference held April 8 and 9 in Little Rock. A total of eight students from PHS FBLA placed high enough in their competitive events to represent the state of Arkansas in this year's National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

After a remarkable showing at their District Leadership Conference in January, a total of 25 PHS members attended the State Conference with 19 competing in team and individual events ranging from Business Presentation to Word Processing. At the Awards of Excellence Ceremony, Piggott boasted five top-five finishes with 10 students being awarded plaques on the stage in front of more than 2200 conference attendees. Of these 10 members, eight placed high enough to qualify for the next level and will represent PHS in California in late June.

In addition to their success in competitive events, PHS will be home to a state FBLA officer for the second year in a row. Following an intense day of campaigning, a caucus, and speaking in front of the entire state delegation, PHS Freshman Tyler Peters was elected as Secretary for Arkansas FBLA. Tyler contributes much of his success to members of our local chapter, "If it hadn't been for all the local members helping prepare from cutting out my campaign materials, to quizzing me for the caucus questions, to being on their feet all day during the campaign booth open session, I would not have been able to beat my opponent." Tyler looks forward to working with this year's state officer team, "We have already started preparing for the upcoming year. Our first conference call is tomorrow and we are receiving our assignments for the national conference soon."

Members of the Piggott High School FBLA qualifying for the national competition in California were, from left: Front--Tyler Peters, Business Presentation; Dylan Howell, Computer Game and Simulation Programming; Lakyn Fry, Business Presentation, McKain Holman, Business Presentation; Jordan Stallings, Computer Game and Simulation Programming and Connor Boyster, Help Desk. Not pictured were Jim Copelin, Computer Game and Simulation Programming and Aaron Meadows, Technology Concepts.

PHS Adviser Stacey Peters was not surprised with the outcome of this year's state competition. "Some years you just know--the students work hard all year long, studying for objective tests or rehearsing presentations. I knew we had strong contenders this year and would give our competitors a run for their money. I have every confidence this group has what it takes to pull top 10 in the nation in each of their events, earning them recognition on the national stage. I look forward to the challenge ahead of each of them!" Mrs. Peters also acknowledged the support of PHS administration and school board. "Without their financial assistance, a trip of this nature would be almost impossible to pull off in our allotted amount of time, especially with a group of this size. It's great that we are able to recognize and reward our students for their accomplishments!"

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