Piggott High FBLA Makes Strong Showing at State

Thursday, May 2, 2019
The Piggott High School FBLA members who competed in the recent state leadership conference are, from left: Front-Rylea Harmon and Tyson Peters. Second row-Shianne Higdon, Kassidy Krause, Macey Williams, Micha Harrell, Anna Haley and Rosie Garcia. Third row-Elise Gossett, Natalie Boyd, Chandler Smart, Mycah Blascoe, Paylee Myhre, Emma Riddle and Carlie Vancil. Back-Alexis Russell, Katelyn Robertson, Hayden Blue, Madison Rahn, Brooke Roberts, Skylar Stone, Jake Williams, Louis Lin, Reece Dotson and Braden Deckard. Not Pictured-Matthew Cheshire.
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Piggott High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) brought home a full load of hardware from this year’s State Leadership Conference, held April 3 and 4, in Little Rock. Making another strong showing this spring, the chapter tied their personal record with another 15 competitors qualifying to compete at the FBLA National Leadership Conference scheduled for this summer in San Antonio, Tex.

At the national competition, the students from Piggott will compete in a total of 10 events in a variety of skills including technical knowledge, graphic design, business concepts, public speaking and written reports.

The top placings at state came after a successful showing at their District Leadership Conference in January. At Little Rock, a total of 26 PHS members competed in the State Conference in a variety of team and individual events. At the Awards of Excellence Ceremony, Piggott racked up 10 top-three finishes with 15 students being awarded plaques on the stage in front of more than 3,200 conference attendees. These students will compete at the 2019 FBLA National Leadership Conference in late June.

“After last year’s success, I anticipated a decline in our national qualifier numbers. I just didn’t know how we could top 15. Then, this group showed up and showed out! We only have one senior attending this NLC, a handful of juniors and sophomores, and then seven freshmen! Our future is so bright with such talent and dedication. I am definitely the most blessed adviser,” exclaimed 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!”

This year’s National Qualifiers who were State Champions included Rosie Garcia, Tyson Peters and Skylar Stone for Public Service Announcement; Natalie Boyd, Elise Gossett and Micha Harrell for American Enterprise Project; Brooke Roberts and Macey Williams for Graphic Design; Boyd and Gossett for Intro to Business Presentation and Louis Lin for Digital Video Production

State runner-ups included, Harrell for Intro to Public Speaking; Rylea Harmon, Shianne Higdon and Madison Rahn for Partnership with Business; Hayden Blue for Database Design and Rahn and Carlie Vancil for Publication Design.

Earning a third place finish was Mycah Blascoe for Electronic Career Portfolio.

With the expense of such a large group traveling to California, Piggott’s FBLA chapter has been seeking business sponsorships and Peters noted they are astounded at the support from the community. The group has also been working the concession stand at all home baseball and softball games, from high school to little league. Adviser Peters acknowledged the hard work her kids put-in as they earned their way to Nationals.

“Not only do these kids spend hours in preparation for their events, they also understand the amount of money it takes for them to attend NLC. We have obligated to working approximately 36 nights from March into June for a donation for running the concession stand,” explained Peters. “I have enjoyed explaining several business concepts to the kids as we’ve worked; discussing profit/loss, supply and demand, making change, and working with customers are all concepts I’ve been able to teach throughout this journey.”

The chapter is also planning other fundraisers including: a road block on May 4, a concession stand at the Heritage Car Show Movie Night on Thursday, May 16, and Lip Sync Battle on May 17 at the Community Center. And, they are taking donations for chances on a smoked ham/chocolate roll combo to be given away just in time for Mother’s Day.

Of all that they have planned prior to their NLC departure, the one thing Peters is excited for the most is the first-ever Piggott FBLA Showcase. The showcase will allow community members to view the competitors in a simulated performance rehearsal. Although details are not available at this time, Peters wants to encourage the community to make plans to attend this event to help provide the competitors with feedback and give them an audience to perform in front of like they will experience at Nationals.

“This is also a great way for those who have supported us so generously to see the hard work these students put in. We want everyone to see what we are all about, and that we work diligently to make the Piggott community proud,” commented Peters. The Showcase is being tentatively planned for Mid-June with further details to be forthcoming. Those wanting additional information may follow the chapter’s social media pages including @PiggottFBLA on Instagram and Piggott High School FBLA on Facebook.

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