April 13, 2018: FCCLA, FBLA Compete

Hello, Black River Falls Community! This is Dr. Shelly Severson with the School District of Black River Falls here to share this week’s installment of our Spotlight on Schools! This has been an exciting week for many of our high school students that have been able to enjoy a little competition outside of the athletic world.

Mother nature is not helping out our spring sports teams as track, golf, tennis, baseball, and softball have all had a hard time getting up and running. However, we have a large group of students that participate in other types of leadership and academic types of competitions, and this was the week for it! First, we have an FCCLA, or Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, chapter at both our BRFMS and BRFHS. Carol Nortman advises the middle school program and Sarah Halverson advises the high school students. This week was the state level competition in Wisconsin Dells. The district was heavily represented in a wide variety of categories. There were students that presented on their service learning projects, such as a Green and Healthy Schools Initiative, the Red Cross Blood Drive and creating blankets to donate to local hospitals to comfort cancer patients receiving treatments. Our students went above and beyond in finding meaningful ways to impact our community! The second step was not only doing that work but then putting together incredibly professional presentations to share that work in front of the judges. We had five of our groups qualify for NATIONALS - which takes place in Atlanta!

This week was also FBLA, Future Business Leaders of America, state-level competition, which was held in La Crosse. Our students participated in events such as Business Management Decision Making, Website Design, Parliamentary Procedure, etc. In FBLA, several categories of students took a written test on Monday, then the top scorers from Monday had to do a presentation on Tuesday. To get a feel for the event, an example of the Management Decision Making challenge is that the students were given a short amount of time to put together a presentation for a hypothetical trucking company that was going to face the challenge of two-thirds of their employees retiring in the next five to ten years and how they could navigate this challenge successfully! There was some great work done on some very real-world problems. We had one FBLA student qualify for nationals, which are held in Baltimore!

In each of these two organizations, all students had to first compete on a regional level and had to qualify for state level competition. Our students continue to shine and share our Tiger Pride at the highest levels! The High School FCCLA even earned the Golden Chapter award this year. I’m so grateful that our students get these opportunities outside of the classroom to hone their public speaking skills, leadership opportunities, and real-world problem solving!

As we are talking about these organizations, I also want to remind you that the Home Show is taking place tomorrow at the Milt Lunda Memorial Arena. These two groups, along with many other student groups, are working with Gross Motors on a Buick Test Drive event. Please consider taking 10 minutes of your time on Saturday between 8:00 and 4:00 to stop in and take a test drive. Buick gives grants to schools up to $10,000 depending on the number of test drives. We will have students from FBLA, Girls Golf, the Class of 2020, Tiger Letter Club and Skills USA attending the event. It’s a painless way to make a significant contribution to help support extra opportunities for our kids.

As always, thank you for your support of the School District of Black River Falls. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me! Let’s show our Tiger Pride in all that we do!
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