Students participating in Future Business Leaders of America include (front row, left to right) Tori Mortenson, Adele Becker, Daniel Bruner, Trey Butler, Rishele Shoults, (middle row, left to right) Jason Lemon, Alex Lewus, Jonathan Wisner, Wesly Goldschmidt, John Evans, Trenton Hodges, (back row, left to right) Christian Barrowdale, Emerald Ashby, Josh Wade, Zach Anderson, Eryk Stradling and Niyal Curi.
Payson High School technology teacher Bud Evans led his award-winning band of business and technology students to a Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) conference in April — and came back with an award of his own: Arizona FBLA Adviser of the Year at the FBLA State Leadership Conference.
On April 3-5, more than 1,400 high school students, teachers, business members and community leaders from all across Arizona convened at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson for the 50th Annual FBLA Arizona State Leadership Conference. Students statewide received nearly $10,000 in scholarship money and competed in more than 50 different competitions relating to business, management, accounting, computer programming and entrepreneurship.
Keynote speaker Eddie Slowikowski fired up the conference during the opening session and former FBLA member and current executive director of the Arizona Department of Education — Office of Communications and Innovation, Ryan Ducharme, brought greetings at the awards session. The top winners in each event will now advance to the FBLA National Leadership in San Antonio, Texas from June 27 to July 3 to compete against 9,000 other FBLA students from all over the United States.
Payson High School was well represented by 17 students.
Eryk Stradling earned four awards. These included: first, Computer Help Desk; third, Technology Concepts; third, Networks; and fifth, Computer Problem Solving.
A year of hard work by the Payson club earned recognition as the top FBLA chapter in March of Dimes donations.
The Payson students also won the coveted Gold Level award after 20 students completed a lengthy list of achievements throughout the year. The students all earned individual FBLA Business Achievement Awards.
FBLA is a organization of young people pursuing careers in business. With more than 225,000 members nationwide, FBLA is the biggest student business organization in the world. Visit www.azfbla.org or www.fbla.org for more information.