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Education notebook: Freeman High School’s FBLA members place in Top 10 at state conference; five advance to nationals

UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019, 12:35 a.m.

Members of Freeman High School’s award winning FBLA chapter share a lighter moment while attending the 2019 state FBLA conference April 10-11, 2019, in Bellevue, Wash. Front row: Elijah Pedersen and Jacob Amend. Second row: Hope Storro, Liberty Barber, Dixie Sefton, Elisa Vigil and Abbie Amend. Third row: Maggie Bailey, Sage Aldendorf, Johnny McGuire, Dylan Oja, Josie Showalter and Eva Knight. Back row: Alyssa Morrison, Katelyn Tippett, Sorrel Aldendorf, Kylie Nelson, Amanda Flory and Masha Stuart. Not pictured are Bailey Coumont and adviser Scott Moore. (Freeman High School / Courtesy photo)
Members of Freeman High School’s award winning FBLA chapter share a lighter moment while attending the 2019 state FBLA conference April 10-11, 2019, in Bellevue, Wash. Front row: Elijah Pedersen and Jacob Amend. Second row: Hope Storro, Liberty Barber, Dixie Sefton, Elisa Vigil and Abbie Amend. Third row: Maggie Bailey, Sage Aldendorf, Johnny McGuire, Dylan Oja, Josie Showalter and Eva Knight. Back row: Alyssa Morrison, Katelyn Tippett, Sorrel Aldendorf, Kylie Nelson, Amanda Flory and Masha Stuart. Not pictured are Bailey Coumont and adviser Scott Moore. (Freeman High School / Courtesy photo)

Five students from Freeman placed in the Top 10 in their events at the 2019 Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference in Bellevue and earned a right to compete at the nationals in June.

Sage Aldendorf, Bailey Coumont, Johnny McGuire, Masha Stuart and Elisa Vigil will be attending the National FBLA Leadership Conference in San Antonio, along with their adviser, Scott Moore. Freeman’s other state placers, Maggie Bailey, Eva Knight, Dylan Oja and Josie Showalter, will be alternates for the conference.

“They are very excited for this opportunity to represent Freeman and to learn more about leadership and the business world,” Moore wrote in a news release. “Freeman is very proud of the effort and class these students exhibited during this conference. They represented the Freeman community very well.”

Twenty members of Freeman’s FBLA chapter competed among more than 1,500 attendees at the state conference April 10-13. The Freeman chapter received the Champion Chapter – Gold Chapter Award of Merit, awarded to the top chapters in the state.

To qualify for state, members had to finish in the top six at the regional conference held in February.

The Freeman students in that finished in the Top 10 and their places at state are:

Introduction to public speaking – Stuart, second place

Public service announcement – The team of Aldendorf, Coumont and McGuire, third place

Introduction to public speaking – Vigil, fourth place

Sports entertainment and marketing – The team of Knight, Oja and Showalter, fifth place

Personal finance – Knight, fifth place

Job interview – Bailey, sixth place

Five other members reached the state finals but came up short of qualifying for nationals in the following events:

Hospitality management – The team of Sorrel Aldendorf and Katelyn Tippett.

Impromptu speaking – Kylie Nelson

Introduction to public speaking – Hope Storro

Job interview – Knight

The Freeman FBLA chapter prepares students for careers in business. The FBLA is the largest and oldest student business organization in the world with more than a quarter of a million members.

Those interested in donating to the the students’ trip to nationals can call team adviser Moore at the high school, (509) 291-3721, ext 201, or email to smoore@freemansd.org.

Mead’s sports medicine students fourth at state

The Mead High School sports medicine students finished in fourth place at the Washington Career and Technical Sports Medicine Competition last week in Tacoma.

Senior Ashton Cathey was the WCTSMA Foundation’s Scholarship winner, and freshman Zeke Miller place first in the CPR-general sports medicine category.

The Mead students competed among more than 900 from 53 schools.

Registration underway for STEM, art camps in Spokane Public Schools

Registration has opened for Spokane Public Schools’ Summer STEM and Art Camps. The camps are open to all students in Eastern Washington who will be in grades kindergarten through eighth grade come fall of this year.

Most camps are a weeklong and are offered July 8 through Aug. 1. This year also features “After Camp,” a program that follows each day of the STEM and Art Camps with games, outdoor play, field trips, swimming, guest speakers, experiments and other activities from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Camp topics include Lego building and robotic programming, coding and computer programming, creating and controlling circuits, drone operation, art studio activities, stop-motion and video construction, cosplay, making manga and anime comics, 3D printing, physics, engineering and construction, chemistry and crime scene puzzles.

Preschool camps are available for children ages 4 and 5. Topics include math, science, physics, engineering and art. Children must be potty-trained to participate.

Registration is available at spokaneschools.org. Questions can be addressed to summerSTEMcamps@spokaneschools.org or (509) 354-4648.

Open house planned in new Cheney High greenhouse

Cheney High School will host an open house at its new greenhouse May 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Attendees will have a chance to tour the new facilities, learn about future plans and shop the selection of plants including tomatoes, various vegetables and herbs, geraniums, annuals, tropicals and succulents in addition to getting a pass for the 2020 Early Bird Plant Sale.

Complimentary refreshments and children’s activities will be provided. Cheney High School is at 460 N. Sixth St. in Cheney.

The Education Notebook appears every Thursday in the Voice. If you have news about your school, students or staff, please let us know so we can help spread the word. Submissions can be emailed to Rachel Baker at rachelb@spokesman.com or mail to her, with attention to Education Notebook, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210. Items also can be emailed to voice@spokesman.com.

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