Piggott High FBLA Competes at State

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Piggott High School FBLA members competing at district included, from left: Front-Ashlee Hill, Rylea Harmon, Catie Hill, Shianne Higdon, Hannah Powell and Georgina Bautista. Second row-Avery Little, Rebecca Edwards, Madison Rahn and Allison Kilbreath. Third row-Macey Williams, Maggie Williams, Brooke Roberts and Molly Williams Fourth row-Carlie Vancil, Jaclyn Helms, Austin Johnson and Braden Deckard. Back-Matthew Cheshire and Louis Lin.
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The Piggott High School chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) set another personal record at this year’s State Leadership Conference, held April 9 and 10 in Little Rock. As a result of their efforts, 15 PHS students will represent the state of Arkansas in this year’s National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, Md.

After a successful showing at their District Leadership Conference in January, a total of 23 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 14 top-four finishes with 15 students being awarded plaques on the stage in front of more than 3,300 conference attendees. These students will compete at the 2018 FBLA National Leadership Conference in Baltimore in late June.

In addition to their success in competitive events, PHS will be home to a district FBLA officer for the seventh year in a row. PHS Sophomore Maggie Williams was appointed as District Reporter who looks forward to serving the organization.

“This is our largest success story to date, and I could not be more proud of the way our Piggott chapter represents the school and community at the state level,” remarked Adviser Stacey Peters. “These kids spend many hours after school perfecting and fine-tuning their performances to prepare for the next level. I am in awe of their dedication!”

The students qualifying for the national conference included-Micha Harrell, Tyson Peters and Elise Gossett with a third in Middle Level Community Service Project. Peters also placed first in Elevator Speech. Ashlee Hill was second in Future Business Leader; Catie Hill was third in Electronic Career Portfolio, Shianne Higdon earned a fourth pklace in Community Service Project Team, Hannah Powell garnered first place Publication Design Team, first place Partnership with Business Team, second place in Who’s Who in FBLA and was presented with a Leader Award. Georgina Bautista also took first place in Publication Design Team, first place in the American Enterprise Project Team, first place Who’s Who in FBLA and earneed the Leader Award. Madison Rahn took first place in Graphic Design Team and fourth place Community Service Project Team, Allison Kilbreath took first place in American Enterprise Project Team and earned a Leader Award; Macey Williams earned second place in Introduction to Business Presentation Team, Maggie Williams was fourth place Community Service Project Team; Brooke Roberts earned a second place in Introduction to Business Presentation Team; Molly Williams earned a first place in Partnership with Business Team; Carlie Vancil earned a first place in Publication Design Team and a first place in Local Chapter Annual Business Report Team; Braden Deckard earned a third place in Introduction to Information Technology; Matthew Cheshire for first place in Local Chapter Annual Business Report Team. Also competing were Avery Little, Jaclyn Helms and Louis Lin in Digital Video Production; Austin Johnson in Technology Concepts; Rebecca Edwards in journalism and Rylea Harmon in Computer Applications.

With the expense of such a large group travelling to California, Piggott’s FBLA chapter will be seeking sponsorships from area businesses. “Last year we had an astounding response from the community who seemed eager to sponsor these hard-working kids. So, we are going to do the same thing again this year. The students will begin talking to businesses as early as next week,” explained Peters.

The group is also planning other fundraisers including a concession stand at the Community Center in conjunction with the Rod Run, taking donations for chances on a IceBin cooler to be given away at the Rod Run on May 19, and a yard sale on Saturday, May 5. Those who would like more information may contact Stacey Peters at the high school by email at stacey.peters@piggottschools.net or they may visit the FBLA social media pages @PiggottFBLA on Instagram and Piggott High School FBLA on Facebook.

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