One hundred students from seven high schools participated in the Third Annual Best of the West Business Invitational Jan. 28, co-hosted by Chadron State College and the Chadron State Center on Economic Education (CSCEE). Schools attending were Alliance, Arthur County, Bridgeport, Chadron, Hay Springs, Hemingford, and Ogallala.

The competition included written tests in eight subjects, as well as a job interview contest for seniors. In the team standings, Alliance High School placed first, followed by Chadron, and Hemingford.

Interim Dean Dr. Wendy Waugh, as well as CSC faculty members Dr. Richard Koza, Terrie Wood, and Jack Kant, judged the job interview contest. Volunteers from the Nebraska Business Development Center and Rural Business Leadership Initiative students assisted with the event.

The Best of the West Business Invitational followed Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competition guidelines. Center administrator for the CSCEE, Dr. Gary Dusek said by following FBLA rules, the competition served to prepare the competitors for the FBLA State Leadership Conference in Omaha in April.

“The energy and professionalism these students brought to our campus was unmistakable. It is very apparent that there are some strong future business leaders emerging from the participants and Chadron State, along with the Nebraska Council on Economic Education, are honored to offer the opportunity for these students to challenge themselves and grow in their knowledge of business,” Waugh said.


Accounting: 1, Ryanna DeVries, Ogallala, 2, Piper DeBeauclair, Arthur County, 3, Kamryn Trumbull, Ogallala, 4, Madisen Thraen, Ogallala, 5, Melissa Anglesey, Hemingford.

Business Calculations: 1, Colby Burri, Alliance, 2, Greg Randolph, Hemingford, 3, Landrie Nelson, Hemingford, 4, Xavian Lacarbo, Alliance, 5, Kamryn Trumbull, Ogallala.

Business Communications: 1, Jacob Roberts, Hay Springs, 2, Grace Sorenson, Chadron, 3, Magi Hoff, Alliance, 4, Jori Stewart, Hemingford, 5, Gracie Wenzel, Arthur County.

Economics: 1, Alexis McGowan, Hemingford, 2, Jayce Meyring, Hemingford, 3, Brady Ellis, Alliance, 4, Austin Kenner, Bridgeport, 5, Charlie Otto, Alliance.

Intro to Business: 1, Carver Hauptman, Alliance, 2, Chloe Mann, Alliance, 3, Rylie Wright, Hemingford, 4, Garett Reece, Chadron, 5, Ashley Tobiasson, Hay Springs.

Introduction to FBLA: 1, Brendilou Armstrong, Chadron High School, 2, Garett Reece, Chadron High School, 3, Chloe Mann, Alliance High School, 4, Ashley Tobiasson, Hay Springs High School, 5, Jackson Smith, Chadron High School.

Financial Math: 1, Gracie Jones, Chadron, 2, Michael Sorenson, Chadron, 3, Carver Hauptman, Alliance, 4, Riley Lawrence, Alliance, 5, Phoenix Stitch, Alliance.

Personal Finance: 1, Savanna Sayaloune, Chadron, 2, Colter Mann, Alliance, 3, Bryson Chipperfield, Alliance, 4, Abigail Gardner, Chadron, 5, Courtney Cox, Alliance.

Job Interview: 1, Rebecca Hanson, Hemingford, 2, Rebekkah Draucker, Arthur County, 3, Adrianna Dieter, Ogallala.

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