By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News
DANVILLE — Three high school state business champions are looking for local sponsors to help send them to their national tournament in California this summer.
Danville High School’s Future Business Leaders of America team members Ryan Conrad, Steven Zhang and Andy Nguyen were named state champions in the “Emerging Business Issues” category at the state FBLA championship held April 15 to 17 in Hershey. Their competition involved the three students debating whether or not income tax rates on corporations should be lowered to keep them in the country.
Their performance qualifies them to compete in the national FBLA tournament in California from June 27 to July 1, however, the district cannot pay to send them to the Sunshine State.
“We’re always excited when we have students who can move on to the next level of competition,” said Laurie Allison, advisor for the FBLA club. “However, our district does not fund the next level of competition so we’ll be looking for sponsors.”
Allison is looking for approximately $3,000 to help pay for the three boys’ tickets and hotel accommodations. She will pay her own way, as will Mike Nailor, the school’s forensics coach who will also be assisting the students prepare for their competition.
Allison said she is looking for local businesses to help sponsor the students. “I would be sure they would be recognized,” she said. If the money cannot be raised, the students will not be going.
Checks can be sent to the Danville High School, made out to Danville FBLA.
Other Danville winners at the Hershey state championship were Ben Fait, who placed first in the “Job Interview” category, and Callan Sheridan, who placed within the state’s top 10 for the Economics category. Fait’s category had him participating in a mock job interview while Sheridan had to pass an hour-long test about properly applying economic principles to contemporary issues.
Fait will be unable to attend the national competition due to other family obligations, said Allison, and while Sheridan did well only the top three in her category qualify for nationals.