The GRTS chapter of FBLA competed in district competition on Feb. 14, at the United Methodist Church.

The Grand River Technical School (GRTS) chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed in district competition on Friday, Feb. 14, at the United Methodist Church in Chillicothe. William Kieffer and Emma Burk, District 19 officers, helped lead the opening/closing sessions and distributed awards after the competition. Emma Burk was elected District 19 President and Audrey Snider, Secretary, for the 2020-2021 school year.

To qualify for state competition, FBLA members had to place in the top five for online testing and the top one for performance and production events. Forty GRTS members competed, and the following students qualified to compete at State Leadership Conference which will be held April 19-21 in Springfield. Kyle Roseman, Business Law and Political Science; Dalton Ripley, Accounting II; Callaway Chapman, Public Speaking and Social Media Campaign; Hallie Jones, Sales Presentation; Emma Burk, Future Business Leader, Emily Miller and Nathan Tool, Computer Problem Solving; Carter Allen, Business Calculations; Lauren Cavanah, Intro to Business Communication; Amanda Brade, Intro to Public Speaking and Broadcast Journalism; Drew Minnis, Accounting I and Hospitality Management; Alisyn Worman, Broadcast Journalism; William Kieffer, Social Media Campaign and Business Ethics; Kimber Roberts, Business Ethics; Danielle Martin, Audrey Snider and Kylie Roseman, Global Business Team; and Braxten Johnson, Intro to Information Technology.

The state contestants who finish in the top two positions at the State Leadership Conference will have the opportunity to compete at the National Leadership Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, in June.

Students finishing in the top five in a variety of events included Jarod Ball, Cami Carpenter, Summer Drake, Delaney Francis, Abby Hecker, Madison Kieffer, Leah Lourenco, Rylan Phillips,

Montana Plattner and Kimberly Pool. Many local businesspeople served as judges for the district competition, and FBLA is grateful for the community support. FBLA provides members the opportunity to hone their skills that will help them now and in the future. The mission of FBLA is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

Jenny Hughes, Sondra Sturguess, Susan Mayers and student-teacher Bailey Maxwell are the FBLA Advisers for the GRTS chapter.