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RHS seniors advance to FBLA national conference in Nashville

By Staff | Apr 4, 2014

The following Rugby High School students placed at the Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference on Tuesday in Grand Forks. From left to right: Sara Bourne, Chris Hamilton, Keylee Odden and Nigel Hageness.

Rugby High School seniors Chris Hamilton and Nigel Hageness had just 20 minutes to prepare a presentation in the Sports and Entertainment Management competition at the Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference.

The boys then had just seven minutes for the presentation. They felt pretty comfortable making their case for a venture in Orlando, Fla., in just three minutes. The judges were impressed and the pair took second place out of Class A and Class B schools, which was good enough for a trip to Nashville in late June and early July.

“It was pretty unexpected,” Hageness said.

Said Hamilton: “Our presentation was really short, but we got to the point and said our ideas and answered their questions.”

The boys were tasked with a scenario involving a struggling theme park. They decided to partner with Southwest Airlines for cheaper flights to bring business in for special events and a basketball tournament hosted by the Orlando Magic.

The following Rugby junior high students placed at the Future Business Leaders of America Student Leadership Conference on Tuesday in Grand Forks. From left to right: Corina Bell, Daniel Kearns, Morgan Hjelden and Sara Stier.

Neither boy has been to the Music City, but both are eager to compete at the national level in just their first year competing in FBLA events.

“My sister was in (FBLA) and I thought it would be fun,” Hageness said. “I thought it would be fun and we went with Sports and Entertainment management and thought we’d do well because we took a class in it last year.”

FBLA adviser Paola Trottier was ecstatic to have students advance to the national conference for at least the fourth straight year. RHS students traveled to Anaheim, Calif.; San Antonio and Orlando in recent years.

“It’s an organization that bridges the gap between high school and real work,” Trottier said. “Our school is smaller, so we’re not able offer things like database and design or computer problem solving.”?Students can choose from 54 events at the state level and compete in two.

Middle or junior high level competitors are not eligible to advance past the state level, but RHS excelled with three first-place winners. Daniel Kearns took first in Business Math and Sara Stier was first in Introduction to Business Communications and first in Spelling and Proofreading Skills Test.

“I just like doing new stuff to try it out and see what it’s all about,” Stier said.

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