DAYTON - Dayton High School's Future Business Leaders of America will be well represented April 16 at the state FBLA competition in Seattle after 32 of 34 members qualified in regional competition in February.
Twenty-nine of the 32 qualifiers plan to attend the conference in Seattle, said club advisor and business education teacher Rob Moore.
Besides entering in competitions with titles such as "Business Ethics," "Digital Design & Production" and "Job Interview," two members will run for state parliamentarian and state vice president.
Malia Frame, who is currently Southeast Region vice president, a state office, is seeking the parliamentarian post, and teammate Grant Heinrich is running unopposed for the position Malia now holds.
Including the two office-seekers, the students will be taking tests, putting their best foot forward in interviews, and thinking on their feet in speaking contests at the state competition.
Two teams will compete in Parliamentary Procedure competition. "Parli Pro," in FBLA-speak, is demonstrated in a skit exhibiting designated components of a meeting, such as minutes, motions and amendments to motions.
The competition includes a written test, according to sophomore Caitlyn Robins, a member of the team that placed fourth at regionals. Other members are Taylor Frame, Keelin Hovrund and Matthew Warren.
The first-place team at regionals included Malia Frame, Keisha Phillips, Andre Fayette and Alex Naylor.
Competitions such as Parli Pro are performance competition, and students are expected to dress in full business attire.
Kane Hacket, a junior, is a newcomer to FBLA, but that didn't stop him from placing first in Help Desk, a relative new competitive category, and in Management Information Systems, which he shared with Austin Frame.
Kane, Framen and Desteny Razzolini teamed up for fifth place in Banking and Financial Systems.
Students say Moore challenges them to enter the competitions, and sometimes it is daunting, as it was for Carter Currin and Anita Jackson, who began their preparations last spring.
Currin and Jackson, both seniors, will compete in the Partnership in Business Project category, by presenting a report on their Financial Concepts seminar developed and presented in partnership with the Redeemer Lutheran Church and Pastor Greg Bye.
The six-hour seminar was presented Oct. 24 at the church and attended by high school seniors who had signed up. Speakers recruited by Currin and Jackson gave talks related to the realities of personal financial management.
Bette Lou Crothers, owner of State Farm Insurance in Dayton, talked about the different types of insurance available. Todd Wagner, a counselor for Blue Mountain Counseling, talked about financial stress and how to deal with it.
Other presenters from the community included Judi Brooks, Marcene Hendrickson, Tim Klipfel and Terry Nealy.
Currin presented a session on why education is important, and Jackson talked about needs versus wants when making financial decisions.
Bye followed up the seminar with a presentation at the high school on the importance of volunteerism and how to get involved.
There will be one more work session for seminar participants with Bye on working with nonprofits, Currin said.
The hardest part of the project was writing a 30-page report, which will be part of their entry, Currin said. They will make an oral presentation at the competition.
Currin indicated Morgan had strongly urged him to take on the project.
"It's not a very popular project because it involves a lot of work," Currin said. But, "it also counts as my senior project, so two birds, one stone," he added.
While topics that involve banking, insurance and stress might sound like yawners for teens, Currin said the feedback was positive.
Moore is fond of the Partner with Business project, which is one that can take students all the way to national competition.
"From my perspective the kids who engage in the projects are the ones who benefit the most. It's so comprehensive. It kind of introduces them to real-world problem-solving," Moore said.
Currin agreed that he'd done a lot of problem-solving in developing the project and seeing it through.
"I've learned a lot about finances and why they're important, and how hard it can be to organize a project because it takes so much time. And I've learned how to lead," Currin said.
In the past the FBLA chapter has partnered with the Grain Growers, the hospital and an engineering firm for projects, but this was the first partnership with a nonprofit, Moore said.