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Ellinwood FBLA stays active
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COURTESY PHOTO Pictured is from bottom to top left to right is Josiah Caspers, Jessie Meyer, Gavin Vink, Connor Ewing, Theron Sjogren, March Waite, Cody Woodruff, Cody Wondra. 2nd row: Brittney Beck, Regan Mosier, Maddie Hayes, Anna Clawson, Kynlee Doll, Katie Shafer Elizabeth Frakes, Betsy Snell, Tamkia Arndt, Emily Fox. 3rd Row: Cassidy Schlessiger, Brynlee Baker, Macy Menges, Katelyn Lefebvre, Mikayla Monday, Bailey Baird, Emma Ricker, Hunter Miller, Rachel Doll, Mary Thill and Mattie Shafer.

The Ellinwood FBLA chapter has been very busy these last few weeks. From March 23 to March 25, 29 members and two advisors traveled to Topeka to compete at the State FBLA Conference. Members took tests and gave presentations, both in groups and individually. Ellinwood came out with multiple awards at the ceremony on Wednesday and 11 members qualified for nationals. The National Conference will be held in Chicago, June 27-July 3.
Competing at the National Conference will be, the second place Community Service Team of Cassidy Schlessinger, Anna Clawson and Mattie Shafer. Also Betsy Snell qualified for second place in Computer Applications. The American Enterprise team that qualified in second place composed of Maddie Hayes, Hunter Miller and Bailey Baird. Cody Woodruff and Josiah Caspers took first to qualify in Network Design. In addition, Cody Woodruff also placed first in Website Design. Also taking first was Mattie Shafer in Client Services, and qualifying for nationals is Connor Ewing with a second-place in Spreadsheet Applications.
Many members worked very hard and were recognized, but barely missed the bar for Nationals. The Partnership with Business Team of Katelyn Lefebvre, Brynlee Baker and Hunter Miller placed fourth at the conference. An individual that also made it on stage was Cassidy Schlessinger, who placed fourth in Computer Applications. Theron Sjogren, Marc Waite and Gavin Vink placed 6th in Sports and Entertainment Marketing. Also on stage were Emma Ricker, Brittney Beck and Brynlee Baker with the fourth place Business Ethics event, Cody Wondra competed in the Agribusiness test and he took sixth place in the state.
To help fundraise for the National Conference, FBLA will be participating in City Wide Garage Sale on April 18. Community members are encouraged to stop by the west side of the school, on April 18, and check out the items that FBLA has to offer.
Also be watching for the Showered with Flowers pinwheels, which will soon be adorning the lawns in Ellinwood. If you would like to participate by asking for a pinwheel to be placed in a yard, email Lorie Betts or
Donation jars or donation forms are available in stores in town or contact the school 564-3136 for additionals details.