FBLA 2023

PBHS students win statewide award, scholarship at FBLA Conference
Posted on 05/02/2023
Emma Tinsley and Bralin Duckett.

Two Poplar Bluff High School students placed first in the business management category during the Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference held Sunday through Tuesday, April 16-18, in Springfield.

Leading up to being named state champions, Bralin Duckett and Emma Tinsley competed against 44 teams across Missouri. The students were given a case study, had 20 minutes to prepare without the use of any outside resources, then were given seven minutes to present their solution to a panel of judges, according to FBLA adviser Crystal Huddleston of the PBHS Business Department.

A total of 48 PBHS students qualified for the state competition, “the largest group we’ve ever taken,” noted Huddleston. In order to advance, the high schoolers vied against other schools during the District Leadership Conference held in February in online or presentation-only events with topics ranging from accounting and business calculation to public or impromptu speaking.

Additionally, Madelyn Hefner was awarded a $200 Missouri Professional Division Scholarship, reserved for an FBLA member planning to continue their schooling at a higher education institution in the state with a business or business education major.


Cutline: Emma Tinsley and Bralin Duckett display their state award during the FBLA Conference held last month in Springfield.

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