Piggott High FBLA Attends State Convention

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Members of the Piggott High School FBLA who attended the state leadership conference included, from left: Front-Ian Henderson, Madison Crittenden, Abby Haley, Maddie Vanderkooi, Hannah Powell, Georgina Bautista, Destiny Hall, Ashlee Hill, Molly Williams and Holly Boyd. Back-Carrington McDanile, Madison Martin, Ally Kilbreath, Anna McMillon, Megan Blue, Kourtney Chadwell, Emilee Seegraves and Quinton Mauldin. Not pictured, but attending, was Tyler Peters.(courtesy photo)

Piggott High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) brought home a ton of hardware from this year's State Leadership Conference, held April 4 and 5 in Little Rock. And, thanks to their efforts a total of nine PHS students will represent the state of Arkansas in this year's National Leadership Conference in Atlanta.

After a successful showing at their District Leadership Conference in January, a total of 21 PHS members competed in the State Conference in a variety of team and individual events ranging from Business Reports to Word Processing. At the Awards of Excellence Ceremony, Piggott racked up 10 top-five finishes with 11 students being awarded plaques on the stage in front of more than 3,200 conference attendees. Of these 11 members, nine placed high enough to qualify for the next level and will represent PHS in Atlanta, in late June.

In addition to their success in competitive events, PHS will be home to a state FBLA officer for the fifth year in a row. PHS sophomore Ashlee Hill was appointed as State Parliamentarian. Hill looks forward to working with this year's state officer team and is grateful for her opportunity to serve the organization.

First place awards went to Molly Williams for public speaking, Hannah Powell and Georgina Bautista for Introduction to Business Presentation and Ashlee Hill for Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures.

Bringing home second place honors was Madison Crittenden for her American Enterprise Project. And, those winning third place awards were Kourtney Chadwell for Business Communications and Abby Haley and Madison Martin for Graphic Design.

And, fifth place recognition went to Anna McMillon and Holly Boyd for Publication Design and to McMillon, Boyd and Tyler Peters for Local Chapter Annual Business Report.

"I've had a lot on my plate this year, but these students didn't miss a beat! They have continued to work on their own, and have found success in doing so," noted sponsor Stacey Peters.

In an effort to help with their success, Peters works with students during their class time whenever possible, and stays after school to provide critiques and suggestions, especially to those in performance events. "I always expect them to perform their best, whether on a test or in front of judges, and this group never ceases to deliver!" she surmised.

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