Fbla Students Finish Eighth At Nationals

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Payson High School’s Information Technology teacher Bud Evans, Nathaniel Curi, Bryce Wilcox and David Knauer pose with their awards. The students captured eighth place in a June national Future Business Leaders of America competition.

Students on Payson High School’s Future Business Leaders of America Network Design Team took eighth place at a national competition in June in Anaheim, Calif.

The team consisted of Nathaniel Curi, Bryce Wilcox and David Knauer.

“Students had a long journey to qualify at the FBLA nationals,” said PHS Information Technology teacher Bud Evans. FBLA competitions are not based on school size.

Students participated in other events as well. Nikolas Curi, Ty Kennedy and Dillon Walker competed in Introduction to Technology. Nick Lins tested his skills in Economics. Aman Sharma battled in Network Concepts.

Earlier this spring, PHS students went head-to-head with all 5,000 Arizona FBLA students, many from larger high schools, at the state competition. Eight PHS students won over all others in the statewide events.

Nationwide, 215,000 FBLA members competed in their state competitions to get to the nationals in Anaheim. Payson’s eight students competed against 100-200 people in each event.

More than learning technology and leadership lessons, the experience will guide students for the rest of their lives.

“The useful and marketable skills prepare graduates for college or post-high school careers. FBLA builds students into skilled leaders for the future,” said Evans.

PHS FBLA looks forward to another exceptional year in 2009-2010. Interested parties can support PHS FBLA with donations through the school Web site at http://www.pusd.k12 .az.us/phs/ (select “Credit for Kids”). You may also call the school district at (928) 474-2070.

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