MHS students prepare for competition

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Monett High School's Future Business Leaders of America Chapter sent seven members to national competition in the 2012-13 school year, and hope to continue their good fortune as competition gets underway in the 2013-14 year. Pictured at the national convention, front row from left, are: Bryce Isbell, Christopher Smith, Thomas Younker and Alex Schmitt. Back row: Hunter Williams, Jonah Ragsdale and Joshua Edgar. Submitted photo

As the Monett High School Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America prepares for district competition in January 2014, the squad looks back at of year of significant achievement that concluded in sending seven members to national competition in Anaheim, Calif.

The competitors from Monett were Alex Schmitt in business law, Thomas Younker and Christopher Smith in banking and financial systems, Jonah Ragsdale teamed up with Abigail Naakins from Webb City for business ethics, Hunter Williams and Bryce Isbell in emerging business issues, and Joshua Edgar in networking concepts.

The group went and competed successfully in three events and also had fun while in California. Ragsdale emerged as the national champion in business ethics.

Even though this was a competition, squad members observed it was still nice to meet friends from other states, and to help people out wherever they could.

"It was no doubt one of the best experiences I've had," said Ragsdale, "and I would do it again in a heartbeat."

In an effort to get that second chance, he and the rest of the Monett FBLA have begun preparations for the next session of competition in 2014. The group is optimistic about their chances in district competition and at state.

The newly elected FBLA officers, led by Saloni Patel, president, have decided to keep spreading positive actions to others as well by putting an increased group focus on community service actions.