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Two Spencer County High School students competed recently in the Future Business Leaders of America national competition in Nashville, Tennessee and brought home a piece of hardware to honor their hard work.
Soon to be seniors Chloe Eck, 17 and Emily Quiroa, 17 finished 8th in the country in the desktop publishing competition beating out over 100 other students to garner top ten honors.
“The top three in each state move on to nationals,” Eck said. “The top ten in each competition receive awards. I was thinking it would be great if we could just get ninth place.”
“We were shocked, we didn’t think we would place at all,” Quiroa said.
Spencer County business teacher and FBLA advisor Deniece Cook said that while Eck and Quiroa won at nationals, several other students performed well at state and regional meets.
“Josh Baunach and Amber Bow won at regionals and went on to the state competition,” Cook said. “Josh went on to compete at nationals as well.”
Cook said the teens are part of a growing group of students who are showing an interest in FBLA.
“Our FBLA team is a little bigger this year than last year,” Quiroa said.
“We took a pretty big team to regionals this year,” Cook said. “We took 24 students to regionals, the club has 30 students in total.”
Cook said that she has worked very hard to grow the club.
“I am always trying to get kids interested, not only in joining the club but in getting interested in business and business classes in general,” she said.
“I mainly got into it because my friends got into it,” Eck said. “I felt like since they were in it I should be too. I was also taking an accounting class at the time.”
Quiroa said that she had joined a lot of clubs and that FBLA turned out to be more fun than several other clubs.
“I was in a business class at the time and thought it would be fun to join,” she said.
Eck and Quiroa won in the desktop publishing category.
“We had to use a desktop publishing website to design a book jacket, event flyer and newspaper advertisement,” Quiroa said.
“We also had to take a test of our knowledge,” Eck said. “The project was a marketing based plan. Before regionals we had to develop the project. We were given an author and book to work on and develop the plan.
“We kept the same design but we were able to edit it and revise it prior to nationals,” Quiroa said.
Both girls said that the experience was worthwhile and that they would love to do it again. For the 2014-2015 school year, Quiroa has been named FBLA president and Eck will be the treasurer.