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Future business leaders from Kingman Academy going to nationals

Pictured from the left are FBLA Advisor Nicole Suchowierski, sophomore Alex Blanco and the national team members: senior Allison Lambert, senior Dillon Harris and junior Noah Lucier.

KINGMAN - Seniors Allison Lambert and Dillon Harris are ending their final school year at Kingman Academy of Learning High School on a high note.

The two seniors and junior Noah Lucier will represent KAOL at the Future Business Leaders of America national competition in Anaheim, Calif. from June 25 to July 1.

They are part of a team of 16 KAOL students who competed at the Arizona FBLA conference against 1,500 students from 50 different schools around the state last week.

FBLA is a business organization that helps students build leadership and networking skills as well as learn about business, marketing and technology, said FBLA advisor Nicole Suchowierski.

"This was the biggest group we've taken to state and they did very well," she said.

There are more than 50 different events the students can compete in, including technology, public speaking, business, finance and management.

Each contest is slightly different. Some require the students to work in teams to solve a problem or conduct a meeting. Others require individual work. In some cases, the students are required to take a written test in order to prove their knowledge, while in other competitions students must make a presentation or a speech and sometimes a written test is partnered with a speech or presentation.

One of the hardest competitions is the future business leaders category, said Lambert. There's a written test on information from all of the other competition tests, and one must provide a panel of judges with a resume and complete a job interview. Lambert placed fourth this year. She also placed second in business communications.

"You just kind of have to find your niche," said Lambert, the president of KAOL's chapter and a four-year veteran of the program. This is the second time she has made it to nationals. It took her a year to figure out that her best work was in the impromptu speech category.

"They give you a topic and a few minutes to figure out what you want to say and then you have to give a speech," she said.

Lucier, who is on his first trip to nationals, placed fourth in technology concepts and third in management information systems with fellow student Clayton Wilson. Wilson also placed third in the help desk competition.

Harris placed fifth in business law, second in help desk and fourth in marketing with classmate Sam Popeil.

Their classmates Audrianna McFarland, Corina Maldonado and Emilia Harvey placed third in business graphics and Trent Szabo placed fifth in the job interview competition.

As a group they earned first place for their chapter T-shirt design, which features the Spy vs. Spy characters from "Mad" magazine, and second place for their March of Dimes fundraiser. The students collected $1,500.

About 120 students per state will compete at the national level, Lambert said. Awards will go to the top 10 students in each competition. The award ceremony will be streamed live on the Internet on the last day of the conference at www.fbla-pbl.org.

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