By Lloyd R. Bruner
The Choudrant High School Future Business Leaders of America has always performed well at the District II FBLA Leadership Conference. After taking the last two years off due to the pandemic, they returned to face even more competition than before as Louisiana FBLA moved to a regional format, combining District I and District II. In doing so, nearly all schools in north Louisiana competed in the Louisiana FBLA Northeast Regional Conference hosted at Louisiana Tech University.
CHS FBLA officially returned to competition at the Louisiana FBLA Northeast Regional Conference at Louisiana Tech University, led by advisers Beth Rinehart and Kathy Lowery. With over 30 members registered, CHS turned in an outstanding performance, capturing 22 Excellent ratings and an amazing 21 Superior ratings qualifying for state.
Topping off their performance, CHS FBLA walked away with four Regional Championships. These included two team victories: Banking & Financial Systems members Reagan Breslin, Carson Pickett, and Trinity Richardson; and Business Ethics members Elizabeth Davis, Abby Johnston, and Owen Watson. CHS FBLA’s Hayden Chreene doubled down and won both of his individual events: Computer Applications and Introduction to Information Technology.
In addition to competition, CHS FBLA members were able to attend the many presentations and booths in the Student Center. Tanya Mini said, “I was able to talk with many of my friends that I know from other schools. All of this was new to me, and I had fun and it was worth studying to hear my name called at the awards ceremony.”
As testing took take in advance under proctors at each school, only those with interviews, speeches and presentations had the stresses of time and testing. Interacting with other schools and visiting the campus seemed to be a common theme for many. Haylie Hattaway summed up many of the members feelings by saying, “I enjoyed the amount of free time we had because it gave us time to explore the campus and spend time with our friends.”
Adviser Beth Rinehart said, “After CHS was unable to participate in FBLA events for the last two years due to COVID, it was awesome to be back around FBLA advisers and FBLA members from north LA. The members were able to network with peers and enjoy being on the campus of Louisiana Tech University for the day. Seeing the smiles on their faces when they received their awards was awesome.”
Rinehart and Lowery said they look forward to attending the first state conference held in person since the pandemic with a fired-up group of FBLA members looking to proudly represent Choudrant High School, Lincoln Parish and District II.
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