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By Zach Ellis
Special to The SUN
Members of the Pagosa Springs High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America traveled to Alamosa on Tuesday, Feb. 4, to compete in the FBLA District Conference held at Adams State College. The Pagosa students competed against more than 700 students in various business-related competitions in hopes of qualifying for the FBLA State Leadership Conference to be held in Vail April 25-27.
In all, 16 Pagosa students were successful in securing a place in competition at the State Leadership Conference, with four students qualifying in more than one event.
To be recognized at the district conference award ceremony, a student must place in the top five in their event. Twenty-four Pagosa students were called to the stage to receive this recognition. The students placing in the top three in each event were notified of their qualification for state competition.
FBLA students are assisted and advised by sponsors Cynthia Toner and Sally Capistrant.
Pagosa Springs High School students earning top finishes in the district conference include the following: Mason Brown, first place, Cyber Security and Management Decision Making Team; Zach Ellis, first place, Management Decision Making Team, and fourth place, Business Communication; Ryan McInnis, first place, Management Decision Making Team; Rose Graveson, second place, Business Law; Liam O’Brien, second place, Introduction to Information Technology; Alexa Alexander, second place, Marketing Team 1, and third place, Parliamentary Procedure Team; Mariah Snarr, second place, Marketing Team 1; Addie Thompson, second place, Impromptu Speaking; Meghan Ellis, third place, Entrepreneurship Team, and fifth place, Marketing Team 2; Delaney Khung, third place, Entrepreneurship Team; Katreena Yeneza, third place, Entrepreneurship Team, and fourth place, Healthcare Administration; Luke DeVooght, third place, Parliamentary Procedure Team; Mesa Lynch, third place, Parliamentary Procedure Team, and third place, Job Interview; Omar Ruiz, third place, Parliamentary Procedure Team, and third place, Impromptu Speaking; Miah Pitcher, third place, Client Service; Shelby Nordendahl, fourth place, Accounting I; Carson Hentschel, fourth place, Computer Problem Solving; Skylar Goldberg, fourth place, Economics; Kori Mogensen, fifth place, Marketing Team 2; Teeka Murphy, fifth place, Marketing Team 2; and Maryann Goodell, fifth place, Public Speaking II.