By Laura Walker
The Wiggins FBLA chapter went to their district conference at Northeastern Junior College on February 6. Twenty-five of the thirty-three members placed high enough to ensure a spot at the state conference.
“Obviously the conference went really well,” said Dave Croissant, the advisor for the Wiggins chapter. Allison Kopetzky, a freshman and also the secretary for the Wiggins chapter, is going to state and said she is really excited for the experience. Kopetzky made it to state with her individual event and in her group event, but members can only participate in one type of event at state. Kopetzky will be participating in the group event, Banking and Financial Systems, with her group members Tryston Keefe and Ellyna Vann, who took first in that category at districts. “I am also excited to hang out with people from other grade levels and schools,” said Kopetzky.
Of the groups that were entered into the district competition, only Brianna Virgil and Kamryn Sirios’ group presentation in Entrepreneurship did not make the placing to qualify for state. They took fourth in that category, but in order to make it to state in group they must place first or second. In individual events, in order to qualify for state, the person must place third or higher.
Croissant expects all the members going to state to try their best, and he and the members will hope for the best. Kaeson Risner, a sophomore, is the only one of the twenty-five qualifiers that is going to state in an individual event; the rest of the competitors will be going in group events. The state conference will be held in Vail on April 27-29.