The rebuilding process

FBLA team uses state competition to learn, enhance next year's program

Three Moffat County High School students did not place at the state Future Business Leaders of America competition last weekend. But they don't mind.

"We had a good time and we prepared ourselves for next year," said junior John Ungefug.

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He and sophomores Becky Meek and Cassie Gore advanced to state, which was Sunday through Tuesday in Vail, after a strong showing at the district competition in January.

Ungefug competes in the marketing category, Meek in business math and Gore in accounting. Each student completes a 100-question test in an hour and attends business-related workshops.

Gore said it was difficult to gauge how well she competed on the exam.

"When you're taking the test, you know you did well, but you don't know how everyone else did," she said.

The top percentage of competitors in each category place and advance to the national competition. FBLA adviser Krista Schenck said she was happy with her students' performance, especially since it's the organization's first year back at the school.

Due to lack of participation, FBLA faded away about a decade ago. But Schenck, who's revived it, said her students are performing well.

"We're very excited," Schenck said. "They did awesome."

And with students like Gore -- who has a three-year plan that includes her placing at nationals her senior year -- rebuilding the program has been successful so far, Schenck said. This year, FBLA has 11 active members.

"We're trying to double our numbers for next year and try to do better," Schenck said.

The students say the club gives them a chance to travel and meet new people.

"We're just having fun and getting (varsity) letters for school," Meek said. "It's a fun club, and we're having fun here before we hit the real world."

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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