On a Saturday Feb. 8, 13 students from Bud Evans’ Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) class trundled down to the ASU Polytechnic Campus to compete and win against 17 other schools.
“I am proud of my students who took a Saturday to travel down to Mesa (ASU Polytechnic) in business attire to compete against 17 other schools,” said Evans.
The Payson FBLA Chapter took home the first-place prize in the online testing tournament.
Evans said the students won in numerous areas including:
• PC Problem solving (They know how to fix computers) — Students had to prove they had a broad base of knowledge and competencies in core hardware and operating system technologies including installation, configuration, diagnostics, preventative maintenance, and basic networking — an important element for today’s computer savvy individual, said Evans.
• Network Concepts (Install and maintain a computer network) — Students showed they had a high level of familiarization and proficiency in working with networks, which is essential in today’s connected workplace.
“This event provides recognition for FBLA members who have an understanding of network technologies,” said Evans.
• Business Procedures (How well they know how to run a business) — Students had to demonstrate competency in performing daily tasks that are a necessity in business. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who possess knowledge of basic skills and procedures and the ability to make intelligent business decisions.
Individual awards went to Wesly Goldschmidt who received a first in Business Procedures, a first in Network Concepts, and a third in PC Problem Solving.
Jason Lemon received first place in PC Problem Solving.
Rishele Shoults took second place in three competitions, Network Concepts, Economics, and PC Problem Solving.
Michael Cai won a first in Introduction to Information Technology and a second in Business Procedures.
Honorable mentions were given to Adele Becker, Tristen Hutchens, Justice Owens, Cayse Barry, Jasmine Ernst, Keith Foster, Kevin Price, Elizabeth Mabb, and Ryan Krimsky.
Evans only had wonderful things to say about his students.
“Give these students a pat on the back for a job well done!” he told Payson High School staff in an email.