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More than three dozen Routt County high school students earned a trip to the state Future Business Leaders of America competition after successful showings at Monday's district tournament in Grand Junction.

Competing against about 500 students from across the Western Slope, 40 students from Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Soroco high schools qualified for the state competition to be held in April in Vail.

The one-day district competition was held at Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction. Future Business Leaders of America, founded in 1937 by Dr. Hamden Forkner, brings business and education together through leadership and career development programs, conferences and competitions.

All three local high schools have FBLA chapters, and Monday's district competition turned out to be extremely successful for each.

Thirty-four of Soroco's 40 FBLA members attended the competition, and 12 qualified for state.

"I was really impressed with all the students and how they represented the school and the chapter," Soroco FBLA sponsor Angela Blair said.

Rory Olsen finished second in Intro to Business Communication; Nicci Martin finished first in Who's Who in FBLA; Toni Lombardi finished fourth in Word Processing I; Amanda Quinones finished fourth in Scrapbook; Kyle Olsen finished third in Mr. FBLA; Dylan Knudsen finished fourth in Mr. FBLA; the team of Lombardi, Jenny Block and Aila Bereznak finished second in Multimedia Presentation; the team of Justine Ager and Michelle Crawford finished third in Poster; the team of Steven Meade, Lucas Sullivan and Tylor Kelly finished third in Web Site Development; and the team of Kyle Olsen and Dylan Knudsen finished fourth in Web Site Development.

Rory and Kyle Olsen, Lombardi, Block, Bereznak, Knudsen, Eaton, Martin, Ager, Crawford and Quinones qualified for states.

In Hayden, 16 of the high school's 22 FBLA members attended the competition, and 10 qualified for states.

"It's our best finish since I've been here," five-year FBLA sponsor Kipp Rillos said.

Janna Hoza finished first in Business Math; Jessica Martin finished first in FBLA Principles and Procedures; Lacey Magee finished second in FBLA Principles and Procedures; Emily Whiteman finished third in FBLA Principles and Procedures; Dusty Zabel finished second in Business Procedures; Margie Jones finished fifth in Economics; Ray Curtis finished fifth in Computer Applications; Alicia Hall finished fifth in Marketing; and the team of Chantal Gregory, Jones, Hanna Williams and Whiteman finished second in Parliamentary Procedures. All the above listed students qualified for states.

Of the 32 Steamboat Springs High School FBLA students who attended the competition, 31 finished in the top seven in their events and 18 qualified for state, sponsor Shirley Belz said.

"They were awesome," Belz said. "The kids had a lot of fun and did very well. I'm proud of all of them."

Among the state qualifiers, Jenny Spencer finished first in Accounting I; Alyssa Pierson finished first in Business Calculations; Kim Smith finished first in International Business; Nick Belz finished second in Business Law; Marty Ludwig finished second in Computer Applications; Alex Chotvacs finished second in Technology Concepts; Kelsey Patterson finished third in Public Speaking II; Alicia Belford finished third in Job Interview; Kristin Toy finished third in Business Math; Drew Ganyer finished third in C++ Programming; Justin Howard finished fourth in Business Law; Kenyon Brenner finished fourth in Computer Applications; Renny Harner finished fourth in Technology Concepts; Amanda Toy finished fourth in Impromptu Speaking; Katie Matteo finished fifth in Word Processing II; the team of Colin Butler, Spencer and Amanda Toy finished first in Entrepreneurship Team; the team of Harner, Ganyer and Yoshi Yonekawa finished first in Web Design; the team of Matteo and Smith finished second in Desktop Publishing; and Tara Schneider finished third in Scrapbook.

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