By Jana Copeland
Nashville High School had many students compete in the District Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Conference. This was held at the Summit Convention Center in Hot Springs on Jan. 29.
Of those students, several received first place. Braden Bowman, a senior, competed in impromptu speaking and won first prize. “They give you a prompt and you have 10 minutes to plan a 4-minute speech. I was to discuss ‘the importance of corporate/company participation in community service projects,’” he said.
Luke Dawson, also a senior, competed in Public Speaking II and received first place. He wrote a speech entitled “Business like Bacteria” and practiced it in front of his family to prepare for his competition. “Winning gave me confidence about my speaking skills. I have spoken in public before, but to be named a winner by the judges is a great honor.”
Rachel Dawson, a junior at NHS, competed and received first place in Business Procedures. Lydia Gaddis, senior, won first place in Job Interview, and Alex Kwok, a senior, received first in Database.
Not only did Dawson win first in her category of competition, she was also voted the District 4 FBLA President, as well as the State FBLA Vice President. “I had to prepare a week in advance with signs, candy, and a trifold board.”
While there, she had to campaign to all of the schools and give a speech to more than 200 students. “This helped my skills of preparation, speaking, and social skills. I personally spoke with over 200 kids and that helped my shyness vanish piece by piece.” After winning the position, Dawson said that she got a great deal of confidence and thankfulness for being part of such a great school and FBLA district.
Camille Dale, another junior from Nashville competed in the talent show at the conference. She performed an original song and won first place, as well.
Caleb Glann, junior, competed in Accounting 1 and placed 5th. In order to prepare himself for the competition, he asked for help from Tammie VanScyoc, the accounting teacher at Nashville High a school. “I had taken Accounting 1 last semester, so I had that advantage. I studied the Accounting 1 book to refresh my memory.” Glann said that it meant a lot to him to get fifth place, especially since he didn’t think he did so well. “It means that all that studying and help from Mrs. VanScyoc paid off! It was a great experience and I can’t wait until State.”
The top six competitors from each category qualify to proceed to the State Conference which will be held in April.
Maggie Worthington and Mattie Jamison haven’t competed yet. They compete only at the state competition. They are participating in the Community Service Project. “We are doing a presentation over the activities we have done with Mr. Allen’s class, such as spending time playing with the children in his class, the Thanksgiving dinner we prepared for them & the Valentine’s party we are having Friday morning!”
Eric Perez and Katelyn Smith will also be attending the State Conference in April.
In addition to these students, Adley Kirchhoff also competed at this convention in Desktop Publishing. Despite her hard work and the extra time after school she dedicated, she did not place in her event. She was proud of everyone who performed well and felt they all deserved it. “I had so much fun with the group of people! I can’t wait until next year. And I am so proud of Rachel for receiving the spot as President and State Vice-President!”
The students were helped with their projects by Nashville High School FBLA Sponsors, Tammi VanScyoc, Freddie Horne and Terri McJunkins.