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Heartland FBLA attends the Nebraska State Leadership Conference

    Thirty-two Heartland FBLA members attended the Nebraska State Leadership Conference in Kearney on April 3-5. Fifteen students won 20 awards during the three-day conference. 

    Students attending the conference along with adviser Kristy Most and parent chaperone Sarah Goertzen were: (Seniors) Liliana Alvarez, Tucker Bergen, Lilly Carr, Eloise Casper, Riley Goertzen, Savannah Hurlbut, Felicity Johnson, Owen Mierau, William Nielsen, Trev Peters, and Garett Regier; (Juniors) Kaylee Goertzen, Devin Homolka, Hayden Mierau, Hunter Perez, Hudson Regier, Reese Regier, Ava Stebbing, Hendric Switzer, Mariah Tessman, and Nicholas Thieszen; (Sophomores) Jaelyn Brown, Brady Goertzen, Lydia Jahnke, Isabel Johnson, Jamisen Klein, Siddalee Kliewer, and Austin Schmidt; (Freshmen) Samuel Friesen, Mia Hiebner, Laura Splinter, and Hallie Tessman.

    The keynote speaker of the Opening Session was Aric Jackson from Chicago. His mission is to teach, inspire, and encourage all those who hear him, and to take the challenge of helping others pursue their goals and dreams.

    The leadership conference was filled with testing, presenting, and job interviewing. The group also enjoyed swimming, bowling, and miniature golfing. The top eight winners in each event were announced at the Awards Program on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.  

    The students who placed in the top of each event will represent Nebraska at the National Leadership Conference in Atlanta this summer.  The following students won top eight awards:  


            Lydia Jahnke and Siddalee Kliewer

1st place Business Plan


            Nicholas Thieszen

2nd place Personal Finance


Brady Goertzen, Lydia Jahnke, and Austin Schmidt

2nd place International Business


Austin Schmidt

2nd place Accounting I


Austin Schmidt 

2nd place Introduction to Financial Math


Austin Schmidt 

4th place Introduction to Business Procedures


            Felicity Johnson

6th place Client Service


            Kaylee Goertzen and Ava Stebbing

6th place Publication Design


            Kaylee Goertzen

7th place Word Processing


Samuel Friesen, Mia Hiebner, and Hallie Tessman

7th place Introduction to Business Presentation


The following students won Honorable Mention awards which recognized those who placed in the top 4% of each competitive event:  


Felicity Johnson Job Interview

Felicity Johnson Business Law

Owen Mierau Computer Problem Solving

            Nicholas Thieszen Accounting I

            Isabel Johnson Introduction to Business Concepts

            Jamisen Klein Introduction to Business Concepts

            Austin Schmidt Introduction to Information Technology

            Samuel Friesen Introduction to Information Technology

            Mia Hiebner Introduction to Business Concepts


            Riley Goertzen earned Who’s Who in Nebraska FBLA for our chapter.  


Congratulations to all members for a great conference!!