Bowers to Compete at National Level
Katie Bowers, a 17-year-old senior, will represent Rector High School's Future Business Leaders of America and Arkansas in national competition at the National Summer Leadership Conference in Nashville June 29 through July 2.
Bowers, the daughter of Donna Bowers of Rector, previously finished second in the Accounting competition at the district level, followed by a fourth place finish at the state level earlier this month. She moved into the top three at state, qualifying for the national competition, when a fellow competitor was announced as being unable to attend the competition at Nashville.
Bowers, who is taking Accounting I at RHS, says the subject comes to her naturally.
"I've always been good at math and with numbers," she said. "I've never had to study for Accounting tests. I'm studying it for nationals, though. I'm excited about being able to do something like this."
Bowers and RHS FBLA sponsor Katherine Champ will travel to Nashville via chartered bus with other Arkansas students taking part in the event.
"I'm looking forward to meeting new people while I'm there," Bowers said. "It's going to be fun. I'm happy Mrs. Champ is going with me. She's great."
Bowers advanced to the state level in FBLA competition two years ago as a sophomore, but this will be her first foray into the national level.
"I'm a little nervous, but mostly I'm just looking forward to it. I think it's a good opportunity because I want to study business and this is a chance to learn more."
Bowers plans to attend ASU after completing her studies at Rector. She plans to minor in a business field, and is in the process of determining a major.
"I definitely want to have something related to business as a minor because that's a good background to have," she said. "It can be useful in a lot of different ways."
Bowers has been an outstanding student at RHS, staying active in several organizations. She is a member of the National Honor Society, FBLA, FCCLA, Student Council, FFA, president of the FTA, secretary/treasurer of the Library Club, Science Club, Cougars are BAD, serves as a Helping Hands Foundation Ambassador and is a cheerleader. She also works part-time at Sonic in Rector, where she maintains a managerial position.