Club shines at first district competition
Business math, computer applications and similar events never will be in the Olympic games, but just as in athletic competition, Lansing's Future Business Leaders of America club members trained and honed their skills for the what they considered strong competition.
FBLA members put out an impressive showing at the district conference Feb. 6 at Pleasant Ridge High School in Easton, garnering compliments from even their competitors.
Competing in only their first district conference, Lansing's FBLA members placed in the top 10 in 16 of 20 events, and only four LHS students who attended didn't place in the top 10. The club was formed last year and at that time observed the district competition instead of competing.
Club sponsor Sue Lednicky said this year's competition produced a gratifying result.
"To start having these kids' names called up, and to see the looks on the kids' faces - 'Wow, I didn't know I could do that' - it's worth it," she said.
Lednicky said the result proved to the students that "they know more than they think they know." Even other schools' sponsors recognized Lansing's progress.
"It was a neat feeling to have some of them come over and say, 'Wow, you guys have done a lot in the last year,'" Lednicky said.
The showing was even more impressive considering Lansing's handicaps, Lednicky said. Because this is only the club's second year, members are at a disadvantage not having past years' test to study, she said. Instead, the club uses books and practice tests from them.
Students are responsible for learning the subject matter of their chosen event on their own, Lednicky said, because most students compete in subjects that aren't taught at LHS. Students can learn some computer application skills and business math through their classes, but most events, such as network design, C++ programming and business law, are not available at LHS or most other schools, Lednicky said. In order to learn those subjects, students can study or practice with Lednicky's resources before or after school.
The club's success at the district competition has boosted Lednicky's confidence for the state competition March 30-31 at the Expo Center in Topeka. The district conference, she said, is a trial run for state. The students learn from score sheets where they fell short and what they need to study.
About 22 students will compete at the state conference, Lednicky said. Students do not qualify for state at districts; rather, they sign up to compete.
Last year's state conference was the first competition for Lansing FBLA. There, Stephen Fischer, now a senior, placed first in business calculations and unexpectedly qualified for the national competition in Orlando, Fla.
This year, Lednicky expects more students to qualify for the national conference in Nashville, Tenn, at the end of June. In anticipation of the trip they hope to make, the club is starting to raise money to finance the trip.
Lansing High School Future Business Leaders of America students placed in the top 10 in 16 out of 20 categories at the district competition Feb. 6 at Pleasant Ridge High School in Easton.
Business calculations: Stephen Fischer, first; Brent Huffman, third; Adam New, sixth
Business communications: Rita Edmonds, eighth
Business law: Matt Humphreys, eighth
Business math: Kristin Brandt, first; Rita Edmonds, third; Josh Kranhold, eighth
Networking concepts: Marcus Bean, first
Technology concepts: Marcus Bean, second
Electronic calculations: Edwin Fluevog, first; Brooke McGovern, second
Computer applications: Adam New, first
Desktop publishing: Jessica Garrett, second
Word processing: Alex Tremble, third; Will Dolan, ninth
Entrepreneurship (team): Matt Humphreys, Stephen Fischer and Sean Wooley, first
Public speaking 1: Brittney Atchison, seventh; Alex Tremble, 10th
Public speaking 2: Sean Wooley, fourth
Impromptu speaking: Matt Fischer, eighth; Sean Wooley, second
Sales demonstration: Brittney Atchison, sixth
Introduction to business: Stephen Fischer, first