Students win awards, offices at state FBLA conference

KINGMAN – Kingman High School Future Business Leaders of America students who competed April 7-8 at the FBLA State Career Leadership Conference in Tucson could be compared with baseball players swinging hot bats in one respect.

"We went in with high expectations in the performance events," said Peg Williams, KHS North FBLA adviser.

"The kids did so well at regions and ASU Skills Day and they were fantastic in Tucson.

Everyone entered in a performance event placed, so we went 4-for-4." Roughly 800 students from 45 high schools across Arizona participated in the state event.

Junior Amber Burge led the way for KHS.

She finished first in Business Calculations, third in Future Business Leader and fifth in Accounting I.

Business Calculations consisted of a 100 question multiple-choice test with a 45-minute time limit.

The test asked questions about compound and simple interest, and loans.

Students taking the Future Business Leader test also had 45 minutes to complete 100 multiple-choice questions.

The comprehensive exam covered economics, computers, accounting and marketing.

In addition, students had to get through two interview sessions for Future Business Leader.

"The business calculation problems were hard and I only completed 75 questions," Burge said.

"But I'd placed first at ASU Skills Day in the category with about the same amount of people, so I was confident I'd place at state.

I was nervous about Future Business Leaders because I had not competed in that category before.

The interviews included a preliminary session the first day and finals the second."

Sophomore Celene Yocum took third in Public Speaking I, a category in which freshmen and sophomores compete.

Sophomore Nik Holliday came in third in Job Interview.

Junior Jon Perez finished fifth in Public Speaking II.

Juniors and seniors compete in that division.

Burge also won election to a second term as FBLA Northern Region vice president.

Sophomore Callin Mote was elected state reporter, marking the first time KHS students have held two officer positions at the same time, Williams said.

"As region vice president, I get to host the next region winter conference," Burge said.

"There's a lot of work involved, but having done it last year I know what I'm doing."

Burge and Mote get to represent KHS as state officers for the FBLA National Conference scheduled for July 12-18 in Denver, Colo.

Her first-place finish in Business Calculations at state also entitles Burge to compete in that division at nationals.