The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter from Columbia High School competed in the Washington State Business Leadership Conference in Bellevue on April 10 to 13.

“Our chapter received the #1 award in the state for “Largest Percentage Increase in Professional Membership,” and “Largest Number of Professional Members,” said FBLA advisor Jan Callow. “We also had the largest high school attendees in the SE Region and  Christine Garza received our chapter’s “Outstanding Member” award.”

CHS  took a total of 17 students to state —14 girls and 3 boys. The students received the following Top 10 awards:

Accounting 1:  Dylan Hainline, 4th place; Karter Wood, 10th place.

Accounting 2:  Rosalyn Slater, 1st place; Beatriz Cortez, 4th place;

Sophie Wenz, 5th place; Christine Garza, 7th place; and Veronica Guzman, 8th place (five out of the top ten placings were from CHS).

Business Communication:  Sophie Wenz, 10th place.

Business Calculations:  Zack Martin, 8th place.

Political Science:  Zack Martin, 9th place.

Impromptu Speaking:  Zack Martin, 4th place.

Job Interview:  Angelie Sampson, 10th place.

Students placing in the top 4 are eligible to compete at Nationals in San Antonio, Texas, in late June.

In addition to these top 10 awards, these students made it to the top 15:

Graphic Design:  Christine Garza and Shelly Slater (individual)

Intro to Public Speaking:  Nova Popenoe

FBLA is the premier organization for student leaders preparing for careers in business, management, entrepreneurship, and technology. It offers students an opportunity to compete in up to 94 different events across high school and middle school grades

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