Moffat County FBLA earns many state honors
The future is bright for Moffat County High School business students.
MCHS’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter took eight top 10 honors during the state competition April 24 in Denver.
Brianna Burkett won a state title for Sales Presentation and Lauren Hilley taking second place in Intro to Public Speaking, qualifying both for the national competition this June in Texas.
Additional state placers included Josh Gumber (fifth place in Spreadsheet Design), Tayla Siminoe (Intro to Public Speaking, 7th place), MaKala Herndon (Accounting, 9th), and Constantine Daniels (Economics, 10th place).
Duos Molly Neton and Caitlen Krause and Tyler Gonzales and Marlyn Arellano placed seventh in Emerging Business Issues and 10th in Publication Design, respectively.
Burkett said her Sales Presentation work is pretty straightforward — working up a sales pitch for an object.
Any kind of object.
“All you have to do is choose a product and sell it. It can be a piece of dirt, a rock, tires, socks, a hair brush, anything,” she said. “I’ve seen people choose something really simple and do well or something complex and do well.”
Burkett paired with Yampa Valley Fiberworks to promote a wool dryer ball from the guise of being the agricultural business’s owner. The actual owners of the business — couple Lorrae and Lewis Moon — loaded her up with product information and marketing materials.
“That was such a blessing,” Burkett said. “I wouldn’t have wanted to do my project with any other business. They walked me through the whole process, and they allowed to make my project what it is.”
Burkett said the state event was downright
“I felt pretty confident going into districts that it was good, but at state it was totally different,” she said, adding she was far more concerned with her competition.
Nonetheless, she took the victory.
Burkett said she has gone from being in tears during her first presentation when she began with the FBLA program to being a skilled public speaker with less stress in her life.
“I love the opportunities it creates, not just for me, but watching the freshmen go and compete and realize the world is bigger than Craig,” she said. “So much work goes into it, so many tears, so many hours.”
She feels well-prepared for a career in marketing thanks to FBLA and DECA, with a full-ride scholarship to Monfort College of Business at University of Northern Colorado.
“I know my experience definitely helped me get that scholarship but also taught so much besides that,” she said. “Not only marketing but also the design component, looking at the accounting side, figuring out the numbers, who are we reaching out to, the product market, supply and demand, everything the business encompasses.”
Burkett said adviser Krista Schenck and teammates have helped her be successful with their insights and technical support.
At competitions, she has roomed with Hali Reyes, Neton and Krause, referring to themselves as The Core Four.
“We’ve been together since we started, and they kind of hold me together from letting me wear their shoes or use their toothpaste,” she said. “We’re all doing new opportunities together, and it wouldn’t be the same without them.”
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