FBLA team strong at regional competition

The team nailed down 13 top-5 finishes at a conference in Richland.

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WALLA WALLA -- Members of Walla Walla High School's Future Business Leaders of America chapter had strong showings at a recent regional competition.

The Southeast Region Winter Leadership Conference was held at Bethel Church in Richland, and drew close to 200 competing students representing 12 schools. Eight Wa-Hi team members garnered 13 top-five finishes in their events, said FBLA advisor Scott Reardon.

Reardon said the enthusiasm and motivation to compete was not diminished this year, considering the local chapter of FBLA has lower than usual participation this year.

"It seemed like every time I turned around someone was nailing a top 3 finish in an event," Reardon said in a statement.

He said student Hannah Hampson had never done a public speaking event before, yet won the creed competition, becoming the first Blue Devil competitor to place in that event under his direction.

Hampson was joined by classmates Greg Heller, Lea Davidson, Brenda Lopez, Parker Postlewait, Travis Stinebaugh, Jocelyn Vargas and Ana Andrade in competition.

Notable first-place finishes for individual students included Hampson for creed, Postlewait for health care administration and Stinebaugh for computer problem solving.

Second-place awards went to Davidson for public speaking, Lopez for accounting I, Stinebaugh for business communications and personal finance, and Vargas for business communications and accounting II.

A third-place award went to Vargas for health care administration, and Postlewait also earned fourth place for business communications. Almost all of the students also took home team awards placing in the top five.

The FBLA members will next compete in the State Leadership Conference April 12-14 in Seattle.

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