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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 09:58

Three students represented Holyoke Future Business Leaders of America at the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas June 27-July 3, bringing home one trophy for their FBLA chapter.

Kaylee Ham and Cierra Prelle competed against the top one percent of over a quarter million students in the FBLA organization in their respective events. The top 10 students or teams in each project were recognized.

Kaylee Ham and Prelle competed in the Local Chapter Annual Business Report, which placed seventh. They were honored with the opportunity to walk across the stage in front of 8,000 fellow competitors and advisers.

Kaylee Ham and Cierra Prelle compete at the FBLA National Leadership Conference. Holyoke brought home seventh place in the Local Chapter Annual Business Report.

The original team, consisting of Molly Brandt, Kaylee Ham and KrisAnna Ham, created a 30-page report covering the events of Holyoke’s FBLA chapter over the course of the year. Kaylee Ham and Prelle updated the report following the State Leadership Conference and sent it to National FBLA for evaluation.

Holyoke also competed in two other events. Prelle nominated HHS as an Outstanding FBLA Chapter. When Holyoke members arrived at the National Leadership Conference, they were honored by receiving an Outstanding Chapter ribbon worn on their name badges. In addition, the chapter was recognized through a certificate at the Mountain Plains regional meeting.

Prior to the conference, Brooke Parker and Alex Quintana conducted the American Enterprise chapter project, which they documented in a 30-page report. The report was updated and submitted by Prelle and Kaylee Ham for evaluation in May. At the conference, they presented and answered judges’ questions in a preliminary round. Unfortunately the team did not make the final round.


Redman serves as national officer

Whitni Redman represented the Holyoke chapter and Colorado FBLA by serving FBLA as the Mountain Plains national vice president.

During the opening meeting and award ceremony, Redman recognized the Texas Host Committee, introduced the keynote speaker, recognized the National Awards Program (NAP) committee members and presented awards.

Mountain Plains National Vice President Whitni Redman helps hand
out trophies during the award ceremony in San Antonio.

At the Mountain Plains regional meetings, Redman fulfilled her duties as vice president by presiding at the meetings. She led the question and answer session for next year’s candidates, announced regional awards and led the regional voting session.

Redman was honored by the Mountain Plains states—Texas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, North Dakota and Oklahoma—for her hard work and dedication as a national officer this year.

She has contributed at the national officer training in Virginia and Washington, D.C., the National Fall Leadership Conference in Philadelphia, Pa. and state conferences in both Colorado and Wyoming.


Members gain skills

The conference began with an opening session, which was developed specifically for FBLA members to improve their leadership skills. It featured keynote speaker Patrick Maurer, an entertainer, educator and motivator who empowers audiences throughout the United States with his heartfelt stories and insightful leadership strategies.

Throughout the conference, members attended workshops designed to focus students on the keys of successful leadership and personal development. Holyoke chapter members participated in high-energy activities they can take back to HHS to teach motivation, encouragement and other essential skills for FBLA and for life.

Kaylee Ham and Prelle also attended the Institute for Leaders. This is a two-day commitment immersing FBLA members in activities focused on bringing out their personal leadership qualities.

There were six focus workshops for students to choose from. They attended the advanced leadership workshops along with other state and national officers. The two girls will be able to put their new skills to immediate use this fall since they both hold local chapter offices.

Advisor Kristina Ham stepped in to help run event competitions when one of the NAP committee members was unable to attend. She has previously served five years on the NAP committee and was honored to help with many of the speaking events this year.

Also attending the FBLA National Leadership Conference were Ken Ham and Redman’s parents Jason and Misti Redman.

While in San Antonio, the Hams and Prelle enjoyed a variety of local experiences as they toured the River Walk, went to the Alamo and spent time at SeaWorld.

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Holyoke Enterprise July 12, 2012