November 7, 2008

You’ve found my blog for Hollister High School Future Business Leaders of America.   My goal is to provide information about chapter events and help members and parents stay informed.  I will also attempt to post pictures of member participating in activities.

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FBLA Members Attend State Leadership Conference

April 27, 2010

Students from Hollister High School recently attended the Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference in Columbia, April 18 – 20.

Katie Reffitt, Torie Griffith, Nathaniel Lytle, Seth Martin, Kyle Sheppard, Victoria Graham, and Branson Carmichael were among over 2700 students from across the state to participate in workshops, compete in events, and listen to keynote speaker Sam Glenn in the opening session.  The theme for this year’s event was “FBLA:  Simply the Best!”

Mrs. Barnett and I are proud of our members.  They each did an exceptional job.  Katie Reffitt, Torie Griffith and Nathaniel Lytle placed 8th in Business Presentation.  Seth Martin took 3rd place in Computer Applications and 2nd place in Sports Management which qualified Seth to compete at Nationals held this summer in Nashville, Tennessee, where he will compete against students from across the United States.

Katie, Torie and Nathaniel advance to final round of competition.

Seth showing off 2nd and 3rd place trophies.

National Financial Capability Challenge

April 27, 2010

During April, I had students in my Personal Finance and Accounting classes take part in The National Financial Capability Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Education.  Over 76,000 students representing every state completed this on-line test.  I’m proud to announce that Hollister High School had five students score in the top 20 percent of high school students taking the 2010 Challenge.  Congratulations to Melissa Finical, Sarah Fitz, Lealla Jones, Cody King, and Marlin Rader.  Each student will receive a certificate of recognition.  These students scored above 85% on the test.  The national average was 70%.  Special recognition goes to Sarah Fitz and Cody King who each scored a 95%.

Personal Finance Challenge

April 17, 2010

On Thursday, April 15, I was privileged to take two teams of students to the Missouri Personal Finance Challenge in Springfield. Teams across Southwest Missouri took an on-line test in March and then the top 20 teams were invited to the Challenge in Springfield.  “The Accountants” consisted of Marlin, Kayla, Jeff and Mercedes and our second team – Seth, Dalton, Katie and Doug made up “The Heroes.”

The competition consisted of three rounds of tests.   While tests were being graded, students competed for prizes by answering trivia questions.

I’m proud of these students for their achievement for being invited to the event.   Congratulations to the “Heroes” who came in fifth place.

FBLA State Convention

April 20, 2009

FBLA members left Sunday afternoon for Columbia to attend the state convention.  Monday was spent attending workshops on various topics including “Money, Money, Money,”  “Business Etiquette,” and “Cyber Bullying.”  The general opening session is Monday night with keynote speaker Rolf Carawan “Run to the Roar: Leading with Courage and Character.”  Tuesday morning members will attend the Awards Ceremony where winners of all competitions will be announced. 

State-bound FLBA members

State-bound FBLA members.

Doug and Seth excited to learn about candidates for state office positions.

Doug and Seth excited to learn about candidates for state office positions.


membersMembers watched as servers at Chevy's sang Happy Birthday to Dru and presented him with a sombrero in celebration of his birthday (a little early).

Members watched as servers at Chevy's sang Happy Birthday to Dru and presented him with a sombrero in celebration of his birthday (a little early).

FBLA District Leadership Conference

March 12, 2009
District Leadership Conference Winners

District Leadership Conference Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to Molly Jones- 1st place in Personal Finance and 3rd place in Business Calculations; Dru Edwards – 1st place in Web Page Design, 4th place in Computer Problem Solving & Technology Concepts, and 5th place in Networking Concepts; Seth Martin – 1st place in Web Page Design and Intro to Technology Concepts, 2nd place in Business Math, and 4th place in Spreadsheet Applications; Kelly Embree – 2nd place in FBLA Principles and Procedures; Doug Sidfrid – 3rd place in Cybersecurity and 5th place in Intro to Technology Concepts; Katie Reffitt – 3rd place in Word Processing II; Maria Williams – 3rd place in Accounting; and Melanie Lindsey – 5th place in FLBA Principles and Procedures.


November 7, 2008

Mrs. Barnett stopped by Krispy Kreme this morning on her way to school so we could have donuts at the FBLA meeting.  They were delicious, as always.  Sorry if you missed out.

Sign up sheets for district competitive events are in Mrs. Block’s room (Room 207).  After you check out the National FBLA website  (Click on FBLA and then Competitive Events) and read about the events, stop by and sign up.  You can sign up for more than one.  There are individual events, team events, performance events, and prejudged events.  Mrs. Barnett and I would like to see every member participate.  Who knows, with a little studying and preparation, you may place and qualify for state competition. Mrs. Barnett and I have resource materials to help you study as well as study guides and web sites.   District Leadership Conference is held in March at Evangel in Springfield with State Leadership Conference in April at Columbia.  Choose an event and begin preparing now.

Remember that in order to compete at district competition, you need to have earned 75 points by February 15.  A good way to earn points is to volunteer to work in the Tiger’s Den.  The store is open each morning before school and during lunches on Fridays.  Don’t forget that FBLA recycles empty printer cartridges and old cell phones.  If you have any, bring them to me . . . another easy way to earn points.

Permission slips were handed out to those members who signed up for the trip to College of the Ozarks on Friday, November 14, to celebrate American Enterprise Day.  This should prove to be an exciting day.  We will leave the school around 8:30 a.m. and arrive back around 1 or 1:30 p.m.  If you signed up but didn’t get a permission slip, I have blank forms.  Stop by and see me.

Next meeting will be Friday, February 21, at 7:50 a.m.  Make plans to be there.


FBLA World's of Fun Day

FBLA World's of Fun Day