By Lloyd R. Bruner
The Ruston Junior High School Middle Level Future Business Leaders of America led the way this year as they won most of the regional championships at the Louisiana FBLA Northeast Regional Conference.
RJHS FBLA adviser Christina Watts had 16 competitors representing the school, and all qualified for the state conference with 15 Superior ratings and 11 Regional Championships.
RJHS members placed superior in one team event and 14 individual events. The team of Preston Parker and Jackson Washam tool a superior rating in Critical Thinking. The individual superior winners were Libby Blake (Exploring Economics); Braylin Brown (Exploring Computer Science and in Exploring Technology); Cali Cotton (Financial Literacy); Joshua Daulton (Leadership); Oli Deal (FBLA Concepts); Layla Garner (Interpersonal Communications); Jamildria Goldsmith (Business Ethics and Learning Strategies); Sadie Gorman (Exploring Computer Science); Laini Hollaway (Running an Effective Meeting and Digital Citizenship); Taylor Roller (Leadership); and Madison Winkelpleck (Career Exploration).
The chapter claimed a record 11 Regional Championships. Leading the way with 2 championships was Trisha Pangilinan (Financial Literacy and Leadership). The team of Joshua Dalton, Koltuhn Mardis, and Ethan Robison won Exploring Business Issues. The other champions were Libby Blake (Business Ethics); Oli Deal (Running an Effective Meeting); Layla Garner (Exploring Technology); Sadie Gorman (Career Exploration); Preston Parker (FBLA Concepts); Taylor Roller (Elevator Speech); Jackson Washam (Interpersonal Communication); and Madison Winkelpleck (Exploring Economics).
RJHS FBLA also had Joshua Daulton leading the state as the ML FBLA President. Asked how he felt about the conference, Daulton said “I enjoyed being a part of the conference and active with the state office team. I can hardly wait for state to compete and close out my year as the ML President.”
RJHS FBLA adviser Christina Watts was proud of her chapter and added, “I now look forward to my actual first in-person state conference and seeing our chapter perform their best and finally get a chance to meet the entire state socially as well as in competition.”
Based on the regional results, it appears that Watts will have the members ready for the next level in the events that they competed in, as well as extra events offered only at state. They will finally get to see the big stage at state, and on it, their own Daulton leading the middle level as ML President and turning the position over to whoever wins this year’s election.
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