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Photo: MPHS FBLA at Area competition

Contact: Kelly Cowan

MPHS Future Business Leaders of America students compete at State

The Mount Pleasant High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter had a record 19 students qualify for Nationals. 

They canceled the state meet that was to be in Galveston due to COVID-19. But students in tested areas were able to complete their tests before Spring Break, and those in presentation events advanced based on their scores at the area meet.  

Those who advanced to Nationals, their events, and their places at State include:

Broadcast Journalism: Isabella Greco, Ryan Sharp and Taylor Hubbs (3rd)

Future Business Leader: Chazlea Morris (3rd)

Health Care Administration: Grace Whitten (2nd) and Natalie Howard (4th)

Insurance and Risk Management: Abby Mason (2nd)

Job Interview: Pearl Murillo (3rd)

Journalism: Baley O’Neal (1st) and Nevaeh Bardwell (3rd)

Marketing: Kylie Hedge, Taryn Thurman and Nicholas Segovia (4th)

Public Speaking: Beth Lockett (4th)

Publication Design: Jenifer Deciga, Dorali Hernandez and Joshlyn Paloblanco (4th)

Sales Presentation: Tyler Welborn (3rd)

Electronic Career Portfolio: Rianna Jeffery (2nd)


Another 14 students are alternates to Nationals, also a school record. 

Alternates include:

Health Care Administration: Anna Elliott (6th)

Hospitality Management: Daisy Ayala, Ashley Benyshek and Karla Rubio (7th)

Insurance and Risk Management: Jacqueline Juarez (5th) and Virginia Fuentes (6th)

Intro to Public Speaking: Rossy Banegas (6th)

Political Science: Caroline Rose (5th)

 PSA: Tairelle Chong, Madison Adams, Megan Adams (6th)

Securities and Investments: Shelby Courreges (6th)

Social Media Campaign: Gaven Fife and Skylee Ford (5th)


“I am extremely proud of the showing of our FBLA students at our virtual State Leadership Conference,” said head FBLA adviser, John Whitten. “It is such an unbelievable blessing and fantastic showing to have 19 qualify for Nationals and have 14 more alternates — both are school records. More than half of the students we had competed at State placed in the top seven. Even though students will miss out on the experience of going to Salt Lake City, they are still looking forward to competing on the Nationals level. I am proud of all the hard work, preparation, and dedication that our students started putting in the beginning in October. With hard work comes the success that they deserve.”

Titus County Cares Chairman of the Board, Mary Katherine Milam, accepts a $1000 donation from MPHS National Honor Society adviser, David Clark, on East Texas Giving Day on behalf of the MPHS chapter of NHS.

Photo: Grace Whitten and Abby Mason


Kelly Cowan

Mount Pleasant High School HOSA members advance to Nationals.

The Mount Pleasant High School chapter of HOSA: Future Health Professionals competed at the HOSA State Conference at the beginning of April. While they canceled the actual conference due to COVID-19, qualifying students were able to submit their entries electronically. Two Mount Pleasant High School students have advanced to Nationals and two earned scholarships for their involvement with HOSA during their high school years.

Abby Mason advanced in Health Care Issues exam. In this tested event, students answer questions regarding the top topics occurring in health care at this time.

Grace Whitten advanced in HOSA Happenings, a newspaper-style event in which the student writes about the chapter events/involvement with their community.

Additionally, Mason and Hilda Rodriguez were awarded Theodore Justice Memorial Scholarships for their contributions to HOSA. Rodriguez received $2000 while Mason earned $1000. 

“I am very proud of Grace and Abby for advancing to the International Leadership Conference,” said MPHS HOSA adviser, Kristi Houchin. “With the conference going virtual this summer, it will be a different experience for our students compared to past experiences. Normally, each student receives state pins to exchange with other students allowing everyone to meet new people, learn from others, and possibly make new friends. I am sad that they will miss the experience of ILC with students from across the United States as well as Puerto Rico and Mexico.”

The HOSA virtual National Conference will be on June 24-27.