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Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow ELGIN FBLA MAKES IT SEVEN STRAIGHT


By Dick Mason

Observer Staff Writer

How long has it been since Elgin High School's Future Business Leaders of America chapter did not win a state Class 2A title?

Hint: President Clinton was approaching the end of his first term.

The year was 1995. Since then, Elgin High School has won seven consecutive FBLA titles. Elgin claimed its latest state crown last weekend in Portland.

"I'm always so proud of the kids. They always rise to the occasion,'' said Elgin FBLA adviser Peggy Anthony, who teaches business at the school.

Elgin students placed first in five events at the competition, including:

• Jamie Gentry, Rose Darrow and Kaylee Smith, community service project competition.

• Brittane Moore, Mission Lift (March of Dimes).

• Lacie Heighes and Gena Gibson, multimedia presentation competition.

• Claira Sailer, Kira Page and Hilary Wilhelm, partnership with business project competition.

• Josh Hamill, Web site development.

Elgin students also placed second in three events and third in four.

With Anthony at the helm, the high school has won the 2A title 11 of the past 15 years. The chapter has 63 members. This is 45 percent of the school's 137 students.

The 2A classification is for schools with 110 to 300 students. At state, individuals compete against other students from all sizes of schools.

Elgin was one of several 2A schools from Union and Wallowa counties that fared well.

Imbler students placed in the top 10 in seven events. In addition senior Brandon Campbell was named an outstanding chapter president and received a Who's Who Award.

It is not known where Imbler placed since only the first-place schools in each classification were reported. The final placings will be announced later.

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Imbler's chapter is no stranger to success, placing third in 2001, fourth in 2000 and third in 1999.

Union High School also did well at state. Students placed in the top 10 in six events.

This is the best Union students have done at the competition in at least 13 years.

"They did a great job. I'm tickled pink,'' said Union FBLA adviser Gayle Rickman.

Wallowa High School also fared well. Five students got top-10 finishes in five events. Wallowa was led by Lynique Oveson, who placed first in FBLA creed.

The top placers at state are eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference in Nashville from June 26 to July 3.

Following are results for class 2A Union and Wallowa county schools.

Elgin High School

1st place – Community Service Project : Jamie Gentry, Rose Darrow, and Kaylee Smith.

1st – Mission LIFT (March of Dimes): Brittane' Moore

1st – Multimedia Presentation: Lacie Heighes and Gena Gibson.

1st – Partnership with Business Project : Claira Sailer, Kira Page and Hilary Wilhelm

2nd – Chapter Newsletter: Kim McCrae and Christine Noell

2nd – American Enterprise Project: Kristin Schumacher, Desi Cooper and Charlie Schumacher.

1st – Web site Development: Josh Hamill.

2nd – Chapter Web site: Natalie McDonald, Nic Naughton and Adam Richardson.

3rd – Local Chapter Annual Business Report: Kylee Gresham.

3rd – FBL: Brittane' Moore.

5th –FBL: Kim McCrae.

4th – Business Plan: Lacie Heighes, Kacie McDonald, Ashley Rysdam, DeLeah Wiles and Kylee Gresham.

5th – Chapter Exhibition Project: Brooke Hewitt.

7th — Accounting I: Denae Croucher.

7th — Accounting II: Holly Simmons.

10th — Accounting II: Gena Gibson

7th – Parliamentary Procedure Team: Lacie Heighes, Mary Alice Tucker, Charlie Schumacher, Ryan McCrae, and Chiara Jones.

8th – Business Law: Robin Jurun.

9th – FBLA Creed: Ashley Hogan.

10th – Public Speaking II: Christine Noell.

Elgin members were also recognized as:

Outstanding Chapter Officer – Brooke Hewitt.

Outstanding Chapter President – Kylee Gresham.

Who's Who of FBLA – Brooke Hewitt, Kristin Schumacher and Desi Cooper

Speaker's Bureau – Jamie Gentry and Claira Sailer.

State officers: Elgin High School's two state officers, Kristin Schumacher, state secretary/treasurer and Desi Cooper, District VIII vice president, were part of the FBLA Action that organized and put on the state conference.

Wallowa High School

* Lynique Oveson placed first in FBLA Creed.

* Amanda Wilson placed 10th in Accounting I.

* Shane Byers and Elizabeth Matthews placed sixth in American Enterprise Project.

* Taylor Phelps placed sixth in Chapter Exhibition (scrapbook).

* Laura Lewis and Amanda Wilson placed sixth in Mission Lift (community service).

Job Shadow Recognition: Brandy Shelton, Taylor Phelps and Laura Lewis.

Merit Awards Recognition: Amanda Wilson received silver and bronze awards.

Imbler High School

Local Chapter Newsletter: 9, Amy Clerget and Elizabeth Woody.

March of Dimes Report: 7, Jason McKaig and Nick Rycroft.

Parliamentary Procedure: 5, Zach Myers, Amy Clerget, Emily Correll and Elizabeth Woody.

Partnership With Business: 5, Tiffany Rasmussen and Rachel Lowe.

Emerging Business Issues: 9, Jessica Onjukka, Nick Rycroft and Jason McKaig.

American Enterprise Project: Cody McKee, Ariana Matthews and Paul Forester.

Business Plan: 7, Cody Campbell and Adam Gorham.

Individual honors: Brandon Campbell was named outstanding chapter president and received the Who's Who Award.

Union HIgh School

Economics: 10, Rosa Goodman.

Business Calculations: 5, Morgan O'Connor.

Word Processing I: 7, Angela Collins.

Computer Applications: 7, Kiel Wadner.

Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure: 8, Amity Clark.

Desktop Publishing: 6, Melissa Longwell and Jennifer Colton.

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