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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Holyoke High School was well-represented at the April 20-23 Future Business Leaders of America state leadership conference as nine students rose to the top of the field in their competition to qualify for the national conference this summer in Anaheim, Calif.

Retiring FBLA adviser Kristie Ham also received a well-deserved honor when she was selected for inclusion on the national FBLA Wall of Fame in Reston, Va. The award was a surprise, and she was extremely honored.

“Igniting Innovation” was the theme of the FBLA state conference in Vail. Eighteen FBLA members from Holyoke joined more than 2,500 others from all corners of the state.

Anastasia Conklin, Alyssa Killin and Brittney Prottsman won first place and qualified for nationals in the Business Person of the Year competition with their nomination for Gary Krumm, Holyoke branch manager for Bank of Colorado.

Krumm serves on the business advisory committee and has been instrumental in helping the business department stay current with today’s business practices. He has helped with numerous Holyoke FBLA chapter events through critiquing, grading, speaking, fundraising and supporting.



Gary Krumm was recognized as Business Person of the Year at the
State FBLA Leadership Conference last week. He is pictured with the
local team who completed the nomination, from left, Alyssa Killin,
Krumm, Anastasia Conklin and Brittney Prottsman.


Also earning first-place honors and a trip to nationals was the Local Chapter Annual Business Report team of Molly Brandt, Kaylee Ham and Astolfo Rojo.

Alyssa Cordova, Tia Huffman and Rosa Ochoa were recognized and qualifed for nationals for completion of a bound portfolio report of the chapter’s activities, earning them a Peak V award. Peak V is the highest award given and was earned by Holyoke FBLA for the 15th time.

In being selected for the national FBLA Wall of Fame, advisor Ham was acknowledged for her 20 years of commitment to students and to the FBLA program. This year marks her last as an advisor for FBLA, as she plans to retire.

For the last 17 of her 20 years of service, Ham has been the FBLA adviser at HHS. She has served on the FBLA national awards program committee and has spoken at several national fall leadership conferences.

Always serving her local chapter first, Ham has been an adviser to her students who have served as part of the national committee, state officers and one national officer and to many students who have been national leadership winners.

“I am so honored and humbled to be recognized by FBLA,” Ham said.



Kristie Ham is pictured with
her plaque acknowledging
her selection for the FBLA Wall
of Fame in Reston, Va. She was
honored during the recent State
FBLA Leadership Conference.

—Enterprise photo


Other Holyoke FBLA members who placed at last week’s conference include:

A.J. Brandt, introduction to technology concepts, ninth; Alyssa Cordova, business communication, seventh; Jesus Hermosillo, Jose Jaquez and Ben Martinez, management information systems team 1, sixth; and Xander Nelson and Austin Vieselmeyer, American enterprise project, third.

Also competing were Molly Brandt, business communications; Brett Cumming, computer problem solving A+ concepts; and Chris Pell, economics.

Molly Brandt, Ben Martinez and Audi Peña were voting delegates, hearing a debate on adding a state social media officer. It was decided that the current duties of the treasurer could be passed to the state secretary and that a new office of social media would be established for next year, keeping FBLA current with communication trends.

Chuck Bruce also served as a chaperone for this year’s state conference.

First Pioneer National Bank and Grainland Co-op were recognized as FBLA donors as their contributions helped reduce the costs for all participating students.

Workshops were offered at the conference to help students develop leadership abilities.

Yahya Bakkar was the keynote speaker for the event. Bakkar is an author and certified strategic interventionist who specializes in teen dilemmas such as bullying and leadership.

He spoke on what he calls the 4 Keys of L.I.F.E.—love those who love you, inspire those who hate you, forgive those who hurt you and empower those who need you.



Holyoke FBLA members who participated at the state conference in Vail are pictured from left, front row, Brittney Prottsman, Anastasia Conklin, Rosa Ochoa, Audi Peña, Alyssa Killin, Tia Huffman and Alyssa Cordova; and back row, A.J. Brandt, Ben Martinez, Jose Jaquez, Brett Cumming, Molly Brandt, Jesus Hermosillo, Chris Pell, Kaylee Ham,  Austin Vieselmeyer, Xander Nelson and Astolfo Rojo.


Holyoke Enterprise May 2, 2013