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Gilchrist Grizzlies FBLA Students Shine at State competition

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Some of the Gilchrist FBLA Middle School students and qualifiers for national competition in Chicago with their State of Oregon Awards. Elizabeth Pannel photo

Ms. Elizabeth Pannel’s FBLA students brought home awards and honors in various categories of competition. Gilchrist qualified eleven students for national competition in Chicago. The FBLA Nationals will take place in late June.

Four high school students took first place titles in Portland, qualifying them to go to Chicago.
From the Middle School, seven students qualified for nationals with three of the students garnering first place honors!
Ms. Pannel said “It was an extremely good experience for our students, especially after being quarantined during the Covid-19 pandemic. I’m so incredibly proud of our students! They worked hard and did very well. They also enjoyed the many seminars and other experiences the competition had to offer. As of now, seven students will be traveling to Chicago to compete in the national conference.”

Two FBLA students commented about their experience with FBLA.

Sierra Sanders said, “FBLA is a once in a lifetime chance provided by Gilchrist High-School. It has provided me a chance to travel, compete, learn more about the professional world, make valuable friendships and so much more.”

Jazzmen Cline said, “I enjoy FBLA because It provides opportunities to learn about business while competing in competitive events and doing lots of things that I wouldn’t be able to do inside of school. Things such as traveling and seeing new places and earning new friendships that will last a lifetime.”

Congratulations to all the Gilchrist students and Ms. Pannel for all their hard work and success! Efforts such as this make not only the school but the entire community proud of your accomplishments.
Listed below are the students who placed in the Portland event. Those individuals who qualified for Nationals being noted in parentheses.

High School:

· Computer Game & Simulation Programming- Tanner Noice: 5th Place
· E-business- Jazzmen Cline and Sierra Sanders: 2nd Place (National Qualifier)
· Business Law- Lowe Colvin: 7th Place
· Cyber Security- Jazzmen Cline: 7th Place
· Introduction to Information Technology- Jackson Harty: 4th Place (National Qualifier)
· Networking Infrastructures- Deshaun Mendes: 2nd Place (National Qualifier)
· Organizational Leadership- Sam Spurlock: 10th Place
· Supply Chain Management- Deshaun Mendes: 7th Place
· UX Design- Cobe Patrick: 3rd Place (National Qualifier)

Middle School:

· Career Exploration- Mason Mealey: 2nd Place (National Qualifier)
· Career Exploration- Curtis Ray: 5th Place
· Digital Citizenship- Curtis Ray: 1st Place (National Qualifier)
· Digital Citizenship- Cheyenne Pelzel: 5th Place
· Exploring Computer Science- Savannah Hicks: 6th Place
· Exploring Economics- Hunter Horn: 2nd Place (National Qualifier)
· Exploring Technology- Jamie Prescott: 1st Place (National Qualifier)
· Exploring Technology- Gadge Riffle: 3rd Place
· Financial Literacy- Hunter Horn: 1st Place (National Qualifier)
· Financial Literacy- Eli Archer: 2nd Place (National Qualifier)
· Interpersonal Communications- Saphira Bipat: 3rd Place
· Interpersonal Communications- Danika Loomis: 4th Place
· Interpersonal Communications- Savannah Hicks: 5th Place
· Leadership- Saphira Bipat: 3rd Place
· Leadership- Lexie Valador: 4th Place
· Learning Strategies- Lexie Valador: 2nd Place (National Qualifier)

Not all qualifiers may travel to Chicago

Unfortunately, of the seventeen national qualifiers only seven are expecting and planning to travel to Chicago. This is due in part to the Klamath County School District being unable to provide airfare as in the past. Financial hardships and prior commitments of some qualifiers also came into play.
Perhaps with a successful fundraising effort, more of these dedicated qualifiers could travel and participate in the Nationals. Ms. Pannel and her students are working in several ways to raise funds. Their efforts will include working concessions at sporting events, a can and bottle drive, a 50/50 raffle at track meets and a GoFundMe effort.

Fundraising dollars could seed next year’s trip

It would be great to see Ms. Pannel and her students meet or exceed their fundraising goals. This way, more of these hardworking students may be able to attend and participate in Chicago. Wouldn’t it be great to exceed the students fundraising goal to fund next year’s FBLA national qualifiers? Go Grizzlies!
To contribute to the GoFundMe account simply Google: Help Gilchrist FBLA Students to Nationals! – GoFundMe.
Gilchrist school district encompasses a large area. The district serves students from as far south as Diamond Lake Junction, Chemult and all of the Highway 58 corridor south of Willamette Pass.
Gilchrist High School and Middle School students at the annual FBLA event in Portland. Elizabeth Pannel photo

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