Article by Kendra Evensvold (FBLA Adviser)

Thirty-one members of the Stanley Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter attended the 50th annual ND FBLA State Leadership Conference in Bismarck, April 2-4, 2017. Over 60 FBLA chapters from across the state took part in this conference, where approximately 1,300 students had the opportunity to test their business skills against other students from around the state.

The most exciting aspect of the conference is the competitive events program. Students have the opportunity to test the business skills they’ve learned in the classroom in a variety of individual, team, and chapter events. Students can enter events such as accounting, computer applications, public speaking, job interview, website development, or business ethics. The culmination of the competitive events program is the awards ceremony where winners are recognized for their accomplishments.

People who place in the top four of their High School events have the opportunity to compete the National Competition in Anaheim this summer. In addition to the competitive events program, students had the opportunity to attend workshops, vote for the 2017-2018 state officer team, and network with members from around the state. The Stanley Chapter also visited Sky Zone during their Chapter Fellowship time on Monday.

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Stanley FBLA in Bismarck (Photo by Kendra Evensvold)


I am extremely proud of all 31 FBLA members who attended our State Leadership Conference. Our Middle Level Members did extremely well. This was only their second year as a chapter. Last year, they placed in three events and this year they placed in nine events, taking first place in four of those. All of these members were new this year and represented Stanley very well. Our High School members placed in 15 events with 19 members placing. It is a lot of fun attending the Closing Awards Session when your members place! It’s exciting when one of our members is called on stage, and it’s also disappointing when our name is not called. Whether the results were in our favor or not, it was a great experience and some of our members were given businesslike experiences that will be beneficial to them in the future.

Middle Level Awards

Chapter Award: Membership Achievement

Career Exploration – 1st Katie Wilhelmi

Community Service Project – 1st Victoria Abrahamson & Melissa Rostad

Desktop Publishing Application – 1st Macy Nesheim

Introduction to Financial Math – 3rd Melissa Rostad

Keyboard Applications II – 3rd Victoria Abrahamson

Spelling & Proofreading – 3rd Kaisa Mortensen

Spreadsheets – 2nd Macy Nesheim

Web Page Creation – 1st Kaisa Mortensen & Katie Wilhelmi

High School Awards

Chapter Award: Membership Achievement & Gold Level Chapter

Chapter Activities Scrapbook – 3rd Abby Iverson

Chapter Activities Scrapbook Digital – 4th Austin Ellis

Computer Applications – 1st Travis Dean, 10th Alex Nielsen

Database Design & Applications – 3rd Austin Ellis, 9th Faith Pfieffer

Electronic Career Portfolio – 7th Bayley Rolfe, 10th Dalton Brown

Emerging Business Issues – 4th Elsie Flores & Carsten Hysjulien

Insurance & Risk Management – 3rd Riley Iverson

Introduction to Business Communication – 2nd Taylor Dean

Introduction to Information Technology – 3rd Taylor Dean

Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure – 9th Jossi Meyer

Microsoft Office Specialist Excel – 3rd Chris Francis

Parliamentary Procedure – 2nd Austin Ellis, Abby Iverson, Riley Iverson, Ryan Nesheim & Jack Wilhelmi

Public Service Announcement – 9th Jasmyn Giese, Kayla Salgado & Kaitlynn Lindberg

Securities & Investments – 9th Mason Rice, 10th Ryan Nesheim

Spreadsheet Applications – 1st Travis Dean, 8th Chris Francis

Beth Dean of Stanley was awarded with North Dakota’s Honorary FBLA Professional Division Member. Jim Wznick of Pinnacle was awarded North Dakota Businessperson of the year. Only one person from North Dakota is chosen for each of those categories and we are honored that both were chosen from our home town.

My last note is to the seniors. I’ve had the privilege of having some of you in FBLA for three years and some for only one. You have all impressed me in one way or another and have been true leaders this year in FBLA. I have so many great memories with you all that I will cherish forever. I will miss each and every one of you next year, but I wish you the best and hope you consider PBL at your future college.

We would like to thank everyone from our community for their continuing support of our FBLA program.

*Kendra Evensvold is the adviser for the Stanley FBLA chapter. Evensvold is currently employed as a Business Teacher at Stanley High School, she also serves as the Stanley Yearbook Adviser.

*Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. Feel free to reach out with any comments/concerns (StanleyGazette@gmail.com)

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