BROOKSVILLE — Several Bracken County High School students are headed to the national Future Business Leaders of America competition.
Earlier this week, BCHS students attended the State FBLA competition at the Galt House in Louisville. Of those students attending, six groups made it in the top five, qualifying them for the national competition, according to BCHS teacher Tracy Florer
Those students included Makayla Jefferson, first place in computer applications; Monica Carmack, Garrett Flynn and Jimmy Poe, first place in local chapter annual business report; Carmack, Makenleigh Cooper and Courtney Snow, second place partnership with business; Lyndsey Monahon, third place in public speaking; Haylee Harding, fourth place in community service; Max Millbourn, fifth place in networking design; and Harding won the business level BAA award.
Each of the students will attend the national competition in Baltimore later this year.
According to Florer, Poe was also elected the 2018-19 FBLA state reporter.
“He will be a part of the executive council that makes all plans for Kentucky FBLA,” she said.
Florer said the group was also recognized for other achievements.
“In addition, the chapter was recognized for participating in the state project, achieving all state goals and Unite to Read initiatives,” Florer said. “Bracken County FBLA received recognition for the local leadership challenge and for achieving the Commonwealth Award of Merit. Less than 5 percent of chapters across state achieve all of these awards. All awards are based on activities the local officers and members complete through the year.”
Monahon said competing at the state competition was a rewarding experience.
“When we went to state we had already competed at regionals,” she said. “It was intense. When you compete at the state level, you’re competing against people from all over Kentucky. You’re representing not only yourself and your chapter, but also your school.”
She said she is excited to be one of the students heading to the national competition.
“I’m so excited,” she said. “Nationals will be so much fun and it’s such an honor to reach that level with our school.”