Colusa High School students saw success during the Northern Section Leadership Conference in Elk Grove.

The conference was hosted at Cosumnes Oaks High School on Feb. 9, Nikole Burg, Future Business Leaders of America advisor, wrote in an email. The conference was coordinated by the Northern Section Officer Team, which includes Colusa’s Chloe Ferraiuolo, section president; Kelsea Whiting, executive secretary-treasurer; and Jessica Hickel, public relations officer.

A total of 58 Colusa High School students competed against students from 15 other Northern California high schools – totaling roughly 350 student competitors. 

Competitions ranged from business calculations and introduction to financial math to spreadsheet applications and word processing. 

“CHS earned first place in many objective (aka multiple choice) tests including agribusiness, personal finance, hospitality management and cyber security,” Burg wrote.

Whiting earned first in creed; Sophie Keenan first in impromptu speaking, Annie Lay first in job interviewing; and the team of Lay, Whiting and Christian Reyna earned first in broadcast journalism.

“CHS earned second in Sweepstakes, essentially meaning we were the second highest achieving school,” Burg wrote. 

Of the 58 Colusa students who competed, 31 of those qualified in their respective competitions to represent the high school at the State Leadership Conference April 25-28 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Colusa is also on track to earn Gold Seal Recognition at the state conference for the 22nd year in a row, Burg wrote. The award is presented to the top 15 percent of California FBLA chapters. 

FBLA is primarily student funded – including conference registration, transportation and hotel accommodations as well as membership dues each year, Burg wrote. Students coordinate fundraisers to help with those expenses. 

“This year, the program did receive nominal support from the district,” she wrote.

Students will begin fundraising in March to support their efforts to compete at the State Leadership Conference.

“I could not be more proud of Colusa FBLA and our many student leaders,” Burg wrote. 

She said that membership numbers have been growing and there are 80 students with Colusa FBLA.

“... Our success at the Section Conference has been inspiring,” Burg wrote. “We are so fortunate to have a supportive community, staff and administration that encourages students to get involved in student-run organizations, like FBLA, that teach our kids vital problem-solving, critical thinking and leadership skills to serve them for years to come.”

Recommended for you