Moffat County High School students Desiree Holland, left, and Austin Hill are two of the four Future Business Leaders of America members who are going to state competitions that begin Sunday in Vail. They will compete together in Business Law and Ethics, a role-playing event.

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Moffat County High School students Desiree Holland, left, and Austin Hill are two of the four Future Business Leaders of America members who are going to state competitions that begin Sunday in Vail. They will compete together in Business Law and Ethics, a role-playing event.

Moving to the next level

Future Business Leaders of America students head to state competition

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— Desiree Holland, Moffat County High School junior, said she's not nervous. Yet.

Holland is one of four Future Business Leaders of America members at the high school who will test their skills in a state competition beginning Sunday in Vail.

Holland, Austin Hill, Cassandra Gore and Tyler Kalsow are scheduled to compete against peers from 160 teams in the three-day event. The four qualified for the event at a regional competition in February.

"I'm thrilled," Holland said. "I'm not as nervous as I will be."

Hill has similar feelings.

"I'm excited," he said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

But, reaching the next level of competition comes with a price.

Membership in FBLA has grown recently, said FBLA adviser Krista Schenck, adding the teams' performance also has improved.

Growing membership and more competitions means added costs for the team.

The School District will pay for part of the $2,500 trip the students will make to the state competition, Schenck said.

FBLA members prided themselves on being self-funded, Schenck said, adding that the group plans to repay the School District through its fundraising efforts.

The district's funds will help Hill and Holland try for a state placing. The two compete together in Business Law and Ethics, an event requiring them to role play various situations in front of a judge.

The team has been studying "off and on," for state, Hill said, adding that they plan to practice their business-related vocabulary and hone their business law knowledge.

Their work could pay off.

At the event, the high school students could qualify for a national FBLA competition this summer, Hill said.

Holland has set her sights on reaching the national level.

"I'm going to try my hardest to get there," she said.

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