BY RYAN SPELTS
Weber High students took the 1st Place Outstanding Chapter for the 5th year in a row in the statewide Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competition. They placed at least one person or team in the top five in 41 out of 50 total events. They took first place in 22 of those events. Out of the 44 students who competed, Weber had 38 place in the top five. Well Done!
Alan Rawlins from Weber High’s Business Department said, “I am so proud of the kids, not just in winning the competition, but in challenging themselves in the multitude of events. If people knew the amount of work that goes into the preparation for some of these project events, they would be amazed. This award isn’t just a reflection on FBLA at Weber High and myself but a reflection of our Business & Marketing Department. Working with Mrs. Angie Larsen all these years, and now Mr. Kyle Stanger, and the energy they bring to the classes that help students with these events is what is setting Weber High apart from other schools right now in the state.”
Preston West, a veteran student member of the FBLA club at Weber High, said, “I had a lot of fun competing in FBLA! For anyone remotely interested in going into the business field, I strongly recommend participating in FBLA.”
“This was my first competition,” said Hannah Teo, “but I think it went pretty well. I competed in accounting I and II because one of the advisors who was my accounting teacher last year told me that I should try them. I haven’t done any accounting since last year, so I didn’t expect to win both events.” Jessica Duran said, “I placed first in two of my events: Journalism and Publication Design. I’ve been doing FBLA all throughout high school. I am now a senior, and I love competing in it. I’m incredibly proud of the work I was able to do, and I’m glad that there’s an organization like FBLA that encourages high-schoolers to discover their talents.”