DAYTON — After a strong showing at the state competition, Dayton High School’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter will send three students to compete at nationals in June.
FBLA advisor Rob Moore said Dayton typically sends anywhere from one to five students to the national competition, which will be held in Anaheim, Calif., this year. He attributed this year’s strong showing to the dedication of younger members of the FBLA team.
“We have a pretty strong group of sophomores who like to compete,” he said.
At FBLA competitions, students demonstrate knowledge in a variety of subject areas, ranging from business management to marketing to internal FBLA practices. A total of 1,523 students from nine Washington regions attended the state conference held in Spokane on April 25-27.
Twenty-one Dayton students competed against their peers, often from much larger high schools.
Of those students, sophomore Keelin Hovrud placed first in FBLA Practices and Procedures, while sophomore Caitlyn Robins placed first in Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure. Together with Matthew Warren, who placed third in Introduction to Business, they will represent Dayton at the national conference.
Sophomore Taylor Frame was elected Southeast Regional vice president and will attend nationals in her capacity as a state officer, while senior Malia Frame and sophomore Grant Heinrich will attend to support the team.
Five chapter members walked away from state with Business Achievement Awards, which are earned on the national FBLA level for completing projects during the school year.
The chapter also earned a Chapter Award of Merit for completing a number of tasks throughout the year, including fundraising and writing a report documenting their activities.
Moore hopes to build on this growth in the coming year.
“We have quite a number of people that are competing very well for being so young. We’re in the finals as sophomore and freshmen,” he said.
In the coming month, chapter members will be fundraising to pay for their trip. Moore said the Alumni Association and Dayton Kiwanis chapter have been generous in supporting the team in the past.
While the chapter looks to raise funds, Robins and her teammates look forward to representing Dayton at nationals after their efforts were recognized at state.
“It was nice to see the work I’d put in pay off,” said Robins.
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