Coached by Dianna Gorman, the students first passed an online test. That put them in the Top 10 and then into the final round. In the final round they performed a mock meeting in front of the judges at the Portland convention.
Some of the schools in attendance include South Albany, Canby, Hidden Valley, Baker, all much larger than Butte Falls. But it wasn’t size that mattered, it was quality and that’s where the five students excelled.
National qualifiers are: Allison Hailicka, Aarika Stephens, Quinton Weaver, David Dunham and Travis Eller.They are all seniors.
Hailicka is club president. She is an active member of the Math Team and serves on the graduation committee; Stephens is club treasurer, a member of the Math Team and is active in all sports; Weaver is student council president and valedictorian, active on the math team, stand out in sports and attended nationals two years ago; Dunham is vice-president of student council and also of the FBLA. He is active on National Forensics League, Math Team and all sports and Eller is an important member of all sports teams at Butte Falls and active in fundraising for FBLA.
“We want to thank friends and community so much for supporting the 22 Butte Falls students who earned their way to the state Future Business Leaders of America Conference in Portland. We would not have been able to attend without your generous donations,” said Gorman.
Now, along with the honor of qualifying for the nationals comes the challenge of earning the necessary funds. It requires $2,000 per student to make the trip. This includes airplane tickets, food, lodging, and miscellaneous expenses including registration. The whole local FBLA membership (all 28 students) will be supporting their classmates in fundraising activities. One of these events will be selling 50-50 tickets at the Southern Oregon Speedway on June 20.
In addition to that event and others that will be planned, they are seeking cash donations. Those may be sent to Butte Falls High School FBLA, P.O. Box 167, Butte Falls, OR 97522. For tax purposes their tax number is 93-6000528. For more information go to firstname.lastname@example.org
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent