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CPS future business leaders excel in district competition, advance to state

Thirty-four Columbia Public Schools students will advance to the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) state competition in April. 

The FBLA District 6 competition was held on Friday, February 1,  in Moberly, MO. The following students placed first in their performance event or placed in the top five for their objective test at the district level, allowing them to advance to state competition.


Battle High School

Allison Bernt – Business Plan - 1st Place

Leslie Espinoza and Ana Rodriquez – Web Site Design - 1st Place

Hope Adamson – Economics – 1st Place


Hickman High School

Lauren VerBrugge – Advertising - 1st Place

Alexandra Estes - Public Service Announcement - 1st Place

Marissa Kraus – Digital Video Production – 1st Place

Ryan Kordonowy – Computer Applications – 1st Place

Alexis Bilderback – Computer Problem Solving - 2nd Place

Alexandra Estes – Advertising - 4th Place

Christina Sherman - Organizational Leadership -  5th Place


Columbia Area Career Center

Pranav Pratel - Accounting I - 4th Place

Pranav Pratel - Securities and Investments - 2nd Place

Mason Cohen - Advertising - 2nd Place

Kate Thompson - Agribusiness - 2nd Place

Cooper Deneke - Business Calculations - 1st Place

Maggie Lin - Business Communication - 1st Place

Kate Thompson - Economics - 3rd Place

Maggie Lin - Introduction to Financial Math - 1st Place

Akhil Elagovan - Introduction to Financial Math - 2nd Place

Campbell Deneke - Introduction to Financial Math - 3rd Place

Zach Bartman; Wyatt Rodgers; Mason Cohen - Banking & Financial Systems - 1st Place

Cooper Deneke; Jake Monsees - Business Ethics - 1st Place

Riley Jones - Job Interview - 1st Place

Riley Jones - Publication Design - 1st Place

The following FBLA members placed in the top five in their event at the District level:

Battle High School

Ausha Francois-Ford – Electronic Career Portfolio – 2nd Place

Dinesh Baldwin, Nick Mirielli, Katelin Glascock – Graphic Design – 5th Place

Savannah Bridgeford and Amaya Daniels – Intro to Business Presentation - 2nd Place

Shanya Brown and Calia Moore – Management Decision Making – 4th Place

Kailey Neimeyer and Cassidee Tuttle – Marketing – 4th Place

LaTrell Dollinger, Aaron Melville – Publication Design – 4th Place


Hickman High School

Liam Hogan & Ethan Jones – Graphic Design – 3rd Place

Nathaniel Irwin – Job Interview – 5th Place

Lauren VerBrugge & Alexandra Estes - Publication Design – 5th Place


Columbia Area Career Center

Zach Bartman - Future Business Leader - 2nd Place