Pirate leaders gather across the state

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From Monday, April 15 through Wednesday, April 17, BCHS Pirates attended the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) state conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The Pirates celebrated senior Tori Williams, junior Julian Clavere, and sophomore Coleman Reed, who qualified for the national competition that will be held in San Antonio, Texas in the summer. Following the FBLA competition, Pirates attended the 11th Annual State Conference for the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), in which Isaac Uzzle received a second place medal.

Julian Clavere went into the FBLA state conference with high hopes for his success in the Accounting I test. Clavere has taken an accounting class at Berea College, and shared how he felt going into the regional conference: “I felt pretty confident. I was called up for the top three, and I was pretty happy and excited to get third place but I ended up getting second.” Success at the regional conference boded well for Clavere, and his confidence continued right up until the results of his testing were released at the conference. After taking the test but before hearing his results, Clavere explained, “I feel very prepared, but I’m also not going to go in feeling cocky and like I’m better than everybody. I am hoping to get top three again and qualify for nationals for accounting.” Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened, and Clavere is proud to have received the first place trophy and qualification for the national conference in San Antonio.

Coleman Reed saw similar success in the Introductory Financial Math test, which he took in his freshman year as well, having placed in both the regional conference and the state conference. This year, Reed claimed he felt “pretty confident going into region, as I knew what the content covered.” About this year’s state competition, however, Reed felt less confident due to the new competitors. “Going into state,” Reed stated, “I’m kinda weary, because the field can change. It’s not the same players as last year. There are some new players and contenders… I made sure to brush up on all of the formulas and tricks, and I’m just gonna go in and do my best.” Aside from himself, Reed correctly predicted that the Pirates would do well at FBLA, saying, “We always have a strong performance. Last year, we had five or six people place and qualify for nationals, so I’m pretty confident in our team as I expect us to have a similar showing this year.” After receiving his fourth place finish at the state conference, Reed felt “proud, but I also know I could have done better.” On FBLA’s performance as a whole, Reed testified, “I feel like we did good. We had three people qualify for nationals, and it was an all around good performance.”

In addition to Reed and Clavere, senior Tori Williams also saw large success at the FBLA state conference, receiving a second place trophy in Healthcare Administration. Following this series of successes, Isaac Uzzle finished in second place at the STLP state championship in downtown Lexington.

This past week has showed that the BCHS Pirates are leading their community and see no plans to stop their leadership in the future. Coleman Reed spoke for the Pirate leaders when he suggested that those coming into BCS and looking for leadership positions should “work hard, do what’s fun, and don’t pressure yourself too much.” The Pirates are looking forward to the upcoming leadership competitions, and are excited to see the leadership of BCS improve and grow.