A Payson team of business and computer students took fifth place nationally at a recent Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) conference in Anaheim, Calif.
Winning national honors was the Network Design team, which included recent Payson High School graduates Jacob Enlow, John Evans and Trenton Hodges.
In addition, PHS students Adele Becker, Rishele Shoults and Sierra McMartin competed with teams from across the country in Video Game Design, Network Technology and Cyber Security. PHS Information Technology (IT) teacher and FBLA Adviser Bud Evans led the delegation.
Evans retired from the Air Force after 20 years as a communications technician before earning his Masters of Business Administration and coming to Payson.
Students begin their journey to FBLA nationals as freshmen in Mr. Evans’ introductory IC3 computer course as part of the Career and Technical Education department. This course starts with the basics of Microsoft Office products and computers but adds ever-more technical skills year by year. The second year of training includes basic computer video game design.
Adele Becker excelled in class and built a game that earned her first place at the annual Arizona FBLA Leadership Conference last April in competition with all the schools in the state.
Juniors and seniors follow the same curriculum as Eastern Arizona College (EAC) and wind up with 20 semester-hour college credits. They also learn computer repair, how to design, maintain and repair computer networks and earn professional certifications.
Rishele and Sierra both excelled in network technologies and cyber security.
“Payson can be proud of the outstanding performance of these six students and of our information technology program. There are very few high schools in Arizona that can challenge our level of expertise,” said Evans. Students must compete and win at the state level to go up against the best of the 250,000 FBLA students from across the nation.
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