MPISD FBLA Middle-Level National Qualifiers and Alternates: Front L to R: Jaliyah Brown, Emily Crabb, Sabrina Otero-Svirska, Sage Jordan, Jayden Baker, Aloani Laboy, Juan Mata, Isabella Furnish – Back L to R: Alba Zeqaj, Mykaela King, FBLA representative, Cooper Rider, Ryan Burg
FBLA Middle Level Who’s Who recipient Mykaela King with Advisor Dana Armstrong
Contact: Kelly Cowan
MPISD FBLA Middle-Level students advance to Nationals
The Mount Pleasant ISD Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Middle Level, grades 5th – 8th, competed at the State Leadership Conference in Galveston on March 24-25. This year was the group’s first in-person state conference, with the 2020 trip canceled due to COVID and the 2021 conference online. The students attended an area meeting and took part in a workshop on teamwork with the other middle-level students from across the state. Twelve MPISD middle-level students made the trip to Galveston, with twelve placing and ten qualifying for Nationals.
National Qualifiers, their events, and their places at state include:
- Career Research: Sage Jordan, Wallace (1st)
- Community Service: Emily Crabb, Wallace, and Cooper Rider, MPJH, (1st)
- Elevator Speech: Jayden Baker, Wallace (1st)
- Multimedia Website Development: MyKaela King, Sabrina Otero-Svirska & Alba Zeqaj, MPJH (2nd)
- Video Game Challenge: Ryan Burg, Isabella Furnish, Wallace, and Aloani Laboy, MPJH (1st)
National Alternates include:
- Career Exploration: Jaliyah Brown, Wallace (3rd)
- Digital Citizenship: Juan Mata, Wallace (3rd)
In addition, seventh-grader, Mykaela King, was named Who’s Who, and seventh-grader, Sabrina Otero, was called Outstanding Middle Level for the Mount Pleasant Middle-Level chapter.
“The group represented MPISD with pride during our time at the conference,” said FBLA Middle-Level Advisor Dana Armstrong. “I am very proud of all the student’s hard work and dedication; they have worked every week over the past several months to prepare for their events. Galveston was a great experience for all of us, and I am looking forward to taking the group to Chicago for Nationals. Thank you, Nathan Rider and La’Shondra Brown-Lewis, for all your help during the trip and the support of the MPISD Administration and the school board. Without you, the trip would not have been possible.”
Mount Pleasant ISD FBLA Middle Level was chartered at Wallace Middle School in the fall of 2018 with the help of Matthew Armstrong, 2018-19 MPHS FBLA President and Texas FBLA Area 6 State Vice-President, along with the MPHS FBLA advisor, John Whitten. In 2021 the group expanded to include members from Mount Pleasant Junior High.
IN CHICAGO, the FBLA National Leadership Conference is June 29-July 2, 2022.
MPHS FBLA National Qualifiers – Row 1 L to R: Natalie Crockett, Monserrat Rivero Sanchez, Joselyn Reyes, Evelyn Rodriguez, Natalia Plascencia, Hope Powell Row 2 L to R: Luiz Olvera, Anthony Orellana, Taylor Hubbs, Elizabeth Lockett, Perla Guzman, Connelly Cowan, Heidi Ramirez, Clayton Brison – Not pictured: Odalys Adame, Michelle Calderon, Joseline Almazan, Idania Castanon, Ilse Ojendis, Yasenia Paloblanco, Tiffany Rangel
John Whitten with Taylor Hubbs, ‘Who’s Who’ award recipient
MPHS Future Business Leaders of America students advance to Nationals
The Mount Pleasant High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed at the State Leadership Conference in Galveston on March 24-25. A record of 20 students qualifies for Nationals, with one additional student named an alternate. This year would see a return to an in-person state conference as the event was canceled in 2020 and was held online in 2021. Thirty-eight students made the trip to Galveston, while seven competed online in tested events before spring break. Participants attended area meetings, took part in workshops such as “Etiquette 101”, “Job Ready Dress,” and “Team Building,” and were treated to an evening on The Strand on their last night in Galveston.
Those who advanced to Nationals, their events, and their places at state include:
- Agribusiness: Odalys Adame (3rd)
- Broadcast Journalism: Michelle Calderon, Taylor Hubbs, and Anthony Orellana (3rd)
- Business Calculations: Perla Guzman (4th)
- Computer Applications: Clayton Brison (4th)
- Cyber Security: Heidi Ramirez (4th)
- Electronic Career Portfolio: Monserrat Rivero Sanchez (4th)
- Future Business Leader: Hope Powell (4th)
- Healthcare Administration: Natalie Crockett (2nd)
- Hospitality and Event Management: Natalia Plascencia, Joselyn Reyes, and Evelyn Rodriguez (4th)
- Journalism: Joseline Almazan (1st), Idania Castanon (5th National Alternate)
- Political Science: Luiz Olvera (2nd), Connelly Cowan (3rd)
- Public Speaking: Elizabeth Lockett (4th)
- Publication Design: Ilse Ojendis, Yasenia Paloblanco, and Tiffany Rangel (4th)
In addition, they recognized Mount Pleasant High School as the most significant FBLA chapter in Area 6. They named Senior Taylor Hubbs Who’s Who for the Mount Pleasant High School chapter. And Chapter Advisor, John Whitten, was reelected to the FBLA State Board of Directors for Area 6.
“Our FBLA students rose to the occasion at the state and had an unbelievable showing,” said Whitten. “Having 20 students qualify for Nationals is a remarkable feat considering some of the schools we are going up against are much larger than us. It was a record-setting year for MPHS FBLA, and I am looking forward to taking students to Nationals after not being able to travel for competition for the past two years.
Whitten continued, “I am proud of all the work, preparation, and dedication the students have put in to succeed. Students have been working and preparing since October with weekly work nights, and they were rewarded for their hard efforts in Galveston. I am looking forward to Chicago and giving our students the experience of what it is like to compete on a national level.”
IN CHICAGO, the FBLA National Leadership Conference is June 29-July 2, 2022. MPHS FBLA advisors are John Whitten, Shanta Lockett, Jackie Scoggins, and Brian Williams.
Mt Pleasant FFA Auction
The Mount Pleasant High School FFA chapter is hosting its annual auction on Saturday (Apr 9) to raise money for students in agriculture programs. Items donated will include student-built items like feed troughs, picnic tables, utility trailers, and items donated from businesses in the Mt. Pleasant community. All proceeds will help students in the Mount Pleasant FFA attend Career and Leadership events throughout the school year.
Dinner will be at 6:00 pm, a FREE chicken taco dinner sponsored by Pilgrim’s, crafted by the Mount Pleasant High School Culinary department. Join us at the Mount Pleasant Civic Center on Saturday (Apr 9) at 6:00 pm for a fun evening supporting youth in agriculture. For more information or to sponsor the event, contact Leigh Ann Freeman at 903.752.3849.