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Claysburg-Kimmel FBLA Chapter Sending 18 to Nationals


April 25, 2019

Courtesy of Steve Walter

The Claysburg-Kimmel chapter of Future Business Leaders of America will send a school-record 18 to the FBLA National Leadership Conference (NLC) June 27 through July 3 San Antonio. Qualifying for nationals at the FBLA State Leadership Conference in Hershey were (from left): Front row: Mackenzie Clemens, Danae Weyant, Hayley Jenkins, Corryne Weyandt, Joslyn Frazier and Richelle Brown. Middle row: Maggie Knisely, Rebekah Claar, Bailey Garver, Brielle Gergely, Emily Claar and Michael Baker. Back row: Kyle Glass, Benjamin Weiland, Jocelyn Shultz, Justinna Brown, Maddy Frye and Canaan Burket.

The Claysburg-Kimmel chapter of Future Business Leaders of America had a very successful time at the 2019 Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference on April 7 through April 10 at Hershey.

C-K had 23 members who earned their way to the stage at the state conference, placing within the top nine in their respective categories.

Of the 23, 18 and one middle-level member have quailed for the FBLA National Leadership Conference (NLC) in San Antonio. They will represent the district and the state of Pennsylvania on June 27 through July 3 in Texas.

National qualifiers were Michael Baker, Justinna Brown, Richelle Brown, Canaan Burket, Emily Claar, Rebekah Claar, Mackenzie Clemens, Joslyn Frazier, Maddy Frye, Bailey Garver, Brielle Gergely, Kyle Glass, Hayley Jenkins, Maggie Knisely, Jocelyn Shultz, Ben Weiland, Corryne Weyandt and Danae Weyant. Cameron Claycomb, who is in the seventh grade at C-K, is the middle-level qualifier. FBLA offers middle-level FBLA for grades 5 to 8.

This is C-K's largest group to qualify for nationals at 18, surpassing the 15 members who qualified for Atlanta in 2016.

"We are all very proud of the accomplishments of this group of leaders," Steve Walter, C-K FBLA advisor, said. "They have worked very hard this year preparing for their events, working as a team and giving back to their community.

"They raised over $3,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, $800 for Special Olympics, and have given back over $7,000 to their community service project, 'Celebrating Seniors.'"

The fun began on Sunday, April 7, for the 31 members of CK FBLA when they traveled to Hershey to enjoy a day of relaxation and fun before the start of the conference.

The members spent Sunday afternoon at The Giant Center watching Disney on Ice and visiting Hersheypark. Throughout the evening, members found their competition rooms, practiced one final time for events, participated in Zumba, bingo and sang karaoke with other Pennsylvania FBLA members.

The conference opened Monday morning, April 8, at the Hershey Lodge with competitive events, workshops, the Campaign Rally and finally the Opening Session. Claysburg-Kimmel students spent the day competing in preliminary and final rounds of competition, attending workshops, and watching other members in performance events.

Michael Baker, C-K junior and former Pennsylvania FBLA vice president at-large, participated in the Campaign Rally as a candidate for Pennsylvania FBLA state secretary. Each candidate announced their campaign with a two-minute speech outlining their experiences and their goals as a potential state officer.

The conference continued on Tuesday with more competitive events, including more final rounds of competition, workshops, and ended with the Awards of Excellence Program.

At the state conference, the top 10 competitors in each event made it on stage and were each awarded a plaque. The top four in objective tests and performance events advance to the FBLA NLC in San Antonio.

CK FBLA would like to thank the Claysburg-Kimmel Education Foundation and Claysburg-Kimmel School District for supporting Michael Baker's successful campaign, and NPC Inc. and Claysburg Pizza Fundraising for their sponsorship of awards at the State Leadership Conference.

Claysburg-Kimmel's Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference results were as follows:

First Place

Broadcast Journalism – Justinna Brown, Maddy Frye (National Qualifiers)

Digital Video Production – Maggie Knisely, Corryne Weyandt (National Qualifiers)

Introduction to Business Presentation – Rebekah Claar, Joslyn Frazier, Bailey Garver (National Qualifiers)

State Project Promotion Special Video Project – Maggie Knisely, Benjamin Weiland

Who's Who in PA FBLA – Emily Claar (National Qualifier)

Second Place

Broadcast Journalism – Mackenzie Clemens, Jocelyn Shultz, Kyle Glass (National Qualifiers)

Community Service Project – Emily Claar, Maggie Knisely, Michael Baker (National Qualifiers)

Public Speaking – Michael Baker (National Qualifiers)

Publication Design – Brielle Gergely, Danae Weyant (National Qualifiers)

Local Chapter Annual Business Report – Mackenzie Clemens, Michael Baker (National Qualifiers)

Third Place

Word Processing – Richelle Brown (National Qualifier)

William Selden Outstanding Chapter

Fourth Place

Business Financial Plan – Hayley Jenkins, Canaan Burket, Benjamin Weiland (National Qualifiers)

Most Chapter Community Service Hours – Claysburg-Kimmel

Most Individual Community Service Hours – Delaney Walter

Fifth Place

Job Interview – Emily Claar (National Qualifier)

Word Processing – Jazmin Kennedy

Seventh Place

Partnership With Business – Corryne Weyandt, Canaan Burket

Eighth Place

Top Donating Schools Per Capita State Project – Claysburg-Kimmel

Ninth Place

Graphic Design – Aiden Barr, Ethan Diehl, Owen Bradley

Introduction to FBLA – Alyson Jenkins

Pennsylvania FBLA State Secretary

Michael Baker

National Business

Honor Society

Justinna Brown, Hayley Jenkins, Corryne Weyandt, Mackenzie Clemens, Michael Baker

Keystone Leadership Award

Mackenzie Clemens, Michael Baker


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