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2018 FBLA Awards Banquet


Members of the Boyd County FBLA chapter hosted the 6th annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 3, in the Boyd County gym in Spencer.  The evening began with the welcome, given by President Sydney Atkinson, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Jenny Goesch.  Next, the junior high members recited the FBLA Creed and Goals, while the 9th grade members presented the Emblem Ceremony.  The invocation was given by Reporter Elsie Magwire.  A potluck meal was enjoyed by all.  Historian Emily Reiser shared a PowerPoint presentation with the audience, highlighting moments from the year.  Members Gracie Hansen and Chase Harmon then presented Certificates of Appreciation.  Chapter Adviser, Mrs. Kari Boettcher, gave results from the State Leadership Conference.

Next, Sydney Atkinson and Vice President Emma Stahlecker presented Business Achievements Awards to: Level 1 – Gracie Hansen, Elsie Magwire, Andrea Hipke, Joshua Kersch, and Chase Snyder; Level 2 – Samantha Hipke, Elsie Magwire, Emma Stahlecker, Kalli Kayl, Kiryn Kayl, Joshua Kersch, and Kaci Mashino; Level 3 – Emily Reiser, Sydney Atkinson, and Joseph Hiatt.  Treasurer Joseph Hiatt and Elsie Magwire recognized members who earned Community Service Awards: 50 hours – Jacey Hilkemann, Brayden Almgren, Trevor Brooks, Andrea Hipke, Lauryn Hoffman, Kiryn Kayl, Catalina Knox, Kaci Mashino, Audrey Mohr, Trevor Goesch, and Amelia Hoffman; 200 hours – Heather Atkinson and Jenny Goesch; 500 hours – Samantha Hipke.  Recognition of the senior members was conducted by Elsie Magwire.  The following seniors were honored: Gracie Hansen and Theo Tauber (1-year members), Samantha Hipke (3-year member), and Emily Reiser (6-year member).

The evening closed with the candle-lighting ceremony and the new officer installation for the 2018-2019 year.  New officers are: President-Emma Stahlecker, Vice President-Joseph Hiatt, Secretary-Elsie Magwire, Treasurer-Lauryn Hoffman, Reporter-Sydney Atkinson, and Historian-Heather Atkinson.


2018 FBLA State Leadership Conference


Sixteen Boyd County FBLA members attended the 2018 State Leadership Conference held in Omaha on April 5-7. The opening session was held on Thursday afternoon, with keynote speaker Patty Hendrickson encouraging members to “elevate their futures.” Chapter officers were recognized for earning their All-State Quality Member Awards, and junior Sydney Atkinson received her Member of the Month certificate. The Boyd County chapter was presented with two awards at Thursday’s session: Sweepstakes and Gold Seal Award of Merit.
On Friday, students participated in several competitions and attended various seminars. Seminar topics included “College 101”, “How to Get Any Job You Want”, “Principals of Persuasion and Leadership”, and “Healthy Choices on a Budget.” Friday evening, the honorable mention awards were announced.
Saturday morning was the Awards of Excellence Program. Emily Reiser, Sydney Atkinson, and Joseph Hiatt earned their Leader pins, as they fulfilled the requirements of the third level of the Business Achievement Awards. Two members, Elsie Magwire and Joshua Kersch, qualified for the National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, Maryland this summer.
Accompanying the chapter were Mrs. Kari Boettcher, FBLA adviser and Mrs. Melanie Black, chaperone. Below are the results from the 2018 State Leadership Conference:

Top Eight:

  • Elsie Magwire – 1st (out of 374 entries) in Business Calculations (National Qualifier)
  • Joshua Kersch – 1st (out of 78 entries) in Career Exploration (National Qualifier)
  • Elsie Magwire – 3rd (out of 154 entries) in Word Processing (National Qualifier)
  • Heather Atkinson and Joseph Hiatt – 4th (out of 15 entries) in Introduction to Business Presentation
  • Kiryn Kayl – 4th (out of 78 entries) in Career Exploration
  • Sydney Atkinson – 5th (out of 76 entries) in Computer Applications
  • Joseph Hiatt – 5th (out of 17 entries) in Database Design and Applications
  • Joshua Kersch – 5th (out of 89 entries) in Business Math and Financial Literacy
  • Elsie Magwire – 6th (out of 77 entries) in Spreadsheet Applications
  • Joseph Hiatt – 7th (out of 76 entries) in Computer Applications

Honorable Mention

  • Sydney Atkinson, Emma Stahlecker, Joseph Hiatt – 9th (out of 31 entries) in Community Service Project
  • Brayden Almgren – 9th (out of 89 entries) in Business Math and Financial Literacy
  • Brayden Almgren – 9th (out of 78 entries) in Career Exploration
  • Sydney Atkinson – 10th (out of 77 entries) in Spreadsheet Applications
  • Elsie Magwire – 19th (out of 370 entries) in Accounting

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Boyd County Celebrates FBLA Week

The Boyd County FBLA took part in National FBLA Week from February 5-9. On Monday, President Sydney Atkinson participated in the National President’s Forum. Dress for Success Day was Tuesday, when chapter members wore their best business attire. On Wednesday, members showed their spirit by wearing their chapter T-shirts. Students participated in a scavenger hunt on Thursday, searching for hidden FBLA logos in exchange for a prize. Friday finished off the week with Member Appreciation Day, complete with ice cream provided by Mrs. Boettcher and guest speaker Adam Carlson from Spring Venture Group. Thank you to all members who participated in the week’s activities!

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 FBLA Member of the Month

Member of the Month


Congratulations to Sydney Atkinson for being the Nebraska FBLA Member of the Month! Sydney will be recognized for this accomplishment at the State Leadership Conference in April.


Magic of Reading Program


The Magic of Reading Program was organized for the first Saturday of each month by FCCLA and FBLA members in order for children attending to understand the importance of reading while participating in a technology free hour. At each of the programs the children received reading logs that they could use to document the books they read each month. The members and children set goals as a group for the number of books they should read each month. The children also were encouraged to participate in a technology free pledge for the months. The first program was in October. Children made homemade bookmarks, read Halloween books, and played bingo with a Halloween theme. At the November program the children attending were able to listen to and read Thanksgiving books and put together fall themed puzzles. Group leaders discussed with the children what they were thankful for including books. The December program consisted of a fun ice breaker, the reading of Christmas books, and a Christmas activity. In January the program theme was winter. Winter memory was played and the children made bookmarks again. Local author, Blair Kluckman, attended the program and read the first few chapters in her latest book. Her book will be for sale at the Spencer Community Library on February 3rd. Blair will be hosting a book signing at the Library from 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. on that day. We hope to see everyone there!​

Honoring the Local Rescue Unit

Mariah Smalley and Heather Atkinson have completed multiple community service projects to honor and help the rescue unit for their FCCLA STAR project this year. They helped with the rescue unit supper and auction on September 16th. They also held a split the pot on November 30th at the basketball game with proceeds received going to the rescue unit. On December 2nd, they hosted an “Honor Your EMS Personnel” night at the basketball game. The EMTs, EMRs, and ambulance drivers received free admission and a free popcorn ticket as they came into the game. Mariah and Heather also had them come down to the court at halftime of the varsity boys game to be honored for their service in our community. There was a thank you note located in the basketball program as well. Through these projects they wanted to raise money to help the unit purchase a new ambulance and show how much everybody appreciates all that the EMS Personnel do in our small community. The FCCLA members plan to raffle off a quilt they are making with the proceeds from the tickets going to the Rescue Unit as well. Thank you again EMS Personnel, we truly do appreciate your dedication to helping members of our community.

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FBLA Food Drive

DSC_9220As part of their Feed Nebraska project, the Boyd County FBLA held a food drive competition during the week of November 13-17.  There were two divisions (middle school and high school) for the competition, with the winning class in each division earning the right to eat lunch first, for a whole week.  The students collected a total of 1,633 DSC_9227food items, far-surpassing the goal of 300.  Winner in the high school division was the 9th grade (372 items), while the 8th grade received first place in the middle school division (300 items).  All items will be donated to the Boyd County Food Pantry, with some being distributed this holiday season.  The Boyd County FBLA chapter would like to thank all those who participated to make this event a HUGE SUCCESS!

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Mini Entrepreneurs

1st grade piggy banks

On November 16, 2017, four Boyd County FBLA members held American Enterprise Day for the first graders at the Butte campus.  The members did several activities with the first graders, including bingo and flashcards that focused on important financial terms.  The first graders also listened to the book The Berenstain Bears’ and Jobs Around Town. The elementary students were given a piggy bank, donated by Butte State Bank, so they could start saving money. At the end of the program, the FBLA members asked the first graders what they had learned.  Some of the things that the first graders mentioned were what the bank does, why they should save money, and why they should have a job that they enjoy.  It was a worthwhile activity focused on American Enterprise Day.


2017 FBLA Fall Leadership Conference




The Boyd County FBLA officers, as well as a four other members, traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska for the 2017 Fall Leadership Conference.  Officers and members attending were Samantha Hipke, Emily Reiser, Sydney Atkinson, Lane Carson, Jayla Froman, Elsie Magwire, Emma Stahlecker, Joseph Hiatt, Brayden Almgren, and Kiryn Kayl.  They were accompanied by their adviser Kari Boettcher.

On Sunday evening, they arrived in Lincoln and participated in an escape room at Escape Lincoln.  This activity was done in order for the officers and members to bond with one another while building critical thinking and communication skills.

Monday morning they registered at 8:30 and attended opening session, which included a message from keynote speaker Rhett Laubach.  Then the officers went to sessions designated to their individual offices.  Following these sessions, they attended Business and Industry sessions, presented by companies such as Gallup, BCom Solutions, and Hudl.  After that, each member attended two sessions related to different FBLA programs and projects.  After the conclusion of the conference, the Boyd County FBLA members headed back home.


2017-18 FBLA Kick-Off Nacho Night

The Boyd County FBLA kicked off their first meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 24th with their annual Nacho Night.  Sydney Atkinson, President, called the meeting order.  Samantha Hipke, Secretary, had an icebreaker planned, which was successful in getting present and future members to interact and have fun.  Next, members and officers sat down to enjoy their nachos.  Once members finished eating, Joseph Hiatt and Elsie Magwire shared their slideshow from National Leadership Conference this last summer in Anaheim, California.  Members were then given information about dues and forms, and were asked to vote on chapter t-shirt ideas.  President Atkinson and Mrs. Boettcher, Adviser, presented dates and information about conferences, such as Fall Leadership Conference & State Leadership Conference, as well as fundraisers our chapter will be doing this school year.  Members were encouraged to maximize their involvement by signing up for different committees and participating in projects.  If anyone who was not at Nacho Night is interested in joining FBLA, please talk to Mrs. Boettcher!

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FBLA National Convention

Two West Boyd FBLA members recently attended National FBLA Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. Members were Joseph Hiatt and Elsie Magwire. Elsie competed in Computer Applications and Joseph earned an Achievement Award in Community Service for his service efforts.

IMG_4357 (1)Joseph and Elsie, along with parent/sponsor Kathy Magwire left Spencer at 10 p.m. on Monday, June 26th to head to Omaha where they would fly into LAX after a brief layover in Phoenix, AZ. They arrived at LAX at 9:30 a.m Tuesday morning and boarded a bus that transported Nebraska FBLA members to the Residence Inn Marriott in Anaheim. They then boarded a different bus that took them to Newport Beach/Balboa Island where they spent their evening swimming in the ocean and enjoying good food. Upon return to the hotel, they walked down the street to the Hilton Anaheim for the Nebraska FBLA Delegation Meeting where competitors, advisers, and guests were recognized and conference information was provided.

Wednesday morning they boarded yet another bus and began a 7 hour round-trip tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood. During this tour they saw many interesting places throughout Los Angeles.  Some of the highlights were the LA Memorial Coliseum, the oldest house in Los Angeles, the Staples Center, and Microsoft Headquarters. They also took a stop at The Hollywood Walk of Fame. Lastly, the tour group was left at “The Original Farmer’s Market” and ate a fabulous dinner after shopping at different of vendors.

Thursday began at 7:30 where they walked to The Hilton for conference registration. After registering, Mrs. Magwire went to Chaperone Orientation. For the highlights of the day they enjoyed an afternoon at Disneyland and toured many places throughout the park. After adventures at Disneyland they attended 2017 National Leadership Conference Opening Session at The Anaheim Convention Center. During opening session, over 12,000 attendees from across the United States, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Canada, Haiti, and China gathered to celebrate the 75th Annual National Leadership Conference where FBLA has left a “Legacy of Leadership”! After recognizing the current National Leaders, they recognized our past National Board Members & Past Leaders from all 75 years! Next, the National Officer Candidates presented their campaign speeches, which were then followed by the keynote speaker, Bob Shallenberger, who was a F16 Fighter Pilot for 11 years. He shared two of the twelve principles of being a highly successful leader.

Friday was a busy day. Elsie woke up early to compete in the Computer ApplicationsIMG_4356 (1) Objective Test. After her test, they went to a few sessions and opportunity fairs. They then went to Disney California Adventure. The Mountain Plains Regional Campaign Rally & Recognition where Outstanding Chapters were honored as well as individual accomplishments. During the individual accomplishments recognition, Joseph was honored for Outstanding Achievement in Service. Then, the Mountain Plains Regional Vice President Candidates presented their speeches and answered questions from voting delegates in the audience. Joseph and Elsie served as members of The Mountain Plains Regional Voting Delegation.  Following this event, we experienced an amazing meal and dessert at “The Cheesecake Factory”.

Early Saturday morning, Joseph and Elsie attended a great interactive session by Laura Vitale about Networking. At noon, Elsie competed in the Statistics Event and Joseph participated in the Retail Management Competition. In the evening, they attended the 2nd Nebraska State Delegation Meeting where event finalists were honored and National Officer Candidates were reviewed, evaluated, and voted on. To end our day they took a trip to Laguna Beach and ate dinner at “The Lumberyard Patio”!

On Sunday morning, Joseph and Elsie attended the Mountain Plains Regional Voting Session to vote for the 2017-2018 Mountain Plains Regional Vice-President. After some technical difficulties, the voting was finished! They then spent the afternoon at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. To end the day they attended the Awards of Excellence Ceremony & Closing Session of the 2017 National FBLA Leadership Conference at The Anaheim Convention Center where the Top 10 winners in each event were honored and the new national officers were inducted. To follow the program, they went back to the hotel, packed up their suitcases, and got ready for to board their bus at 2 a.m. After the bus ride to LAX, they flew out at 5 a.m. to head back to Nebraska. After a layover in Denver, CO they landed in Omaha, Nebraska at about 1 p.m.! They made the drive back home to Spencer and were home at 6 p.m. to end this great experience.

Thank you to everyone in the school and communities for your support of the FBLA program which allowed these two this amazing opportunity! It was memories they will cherish the rest of their lives! Thank you!


2016-17 school year banner


FBLA Parents Night

The 5th Annual FBLA Banquet of the West Boyd Chapter took place at 7:00 p.m. on May 5th. Rebecca Hiatt, President, called the banquet to order, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the Emblem Ceremony which was led by the junior high members. The freshmen members then provided the creed and goals of the FBLA organization. Layne Swanson, Vice President gave the invocation before the potluck. Once finished eating, Co-Historians, Emma Stahlecker and Sydney Atkinson displayed the 2016-17 slideshow. The Certificates of Appreciation were then presented to those who have shown support to our chapter throughout the year. Mrs. Boettcher then honored those who represented West Boyd FBLA at State Leadership Conference and the results. She also mentioned those who will be attending National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California this summer.The Business Achievement Awards and Community Service Awards were then announced, honorably. Joseph Hiatt, Treasurer completed the senior recognition and acknowledged them for their commitment to FBLA. The new officers were then inducted: Sydney Atkinson, President; Emma Stahlecker, Vice President; Joseph Hiatt, Treasurer; Samantha Hipke, Secretary; Elsie Magwire, Reporter; Emily Reiser, Historian. Rebecca Hiatt then gave a thank-you to the parents and Mrs. Boettcher for everything they have done!

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Full Results for FBLA State Leadership Conference!


Impromptu Speaking

  • Rebecca Hiatt, 1st place State Champion & National Qualifier

Spreadsheet Applications

  • Sydney Atkinson, 4th

Computer Applitations

  • Elsie Magwire, 5th
  • Sydney Atkinson, 6th

Intro to Financial Math

  • Elsie Magwire, 6th

Public Speaking 1

  • Melissa Sextro, Honorable Mention

Community Service Awards

  • Elsie Magwire, National Qualifier
  • Joseph Hiatt, National Qualifier

Middle Level Career Exploration

  • Joshua Kersch, 3rd

Middle Level Business Communication

  • Joshua Kersch, 6th
  • Brayden Almgren, 8th
  • Trevor Brooks, Honorable Mention

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FBLA week was February 6th-10th.  During the week the West Boyd FBLA chapter had many fun activities planned.  The week started with Monday.  However, since West Boyd did not have school due to parent/teacher conference, the FBLA chapter did not have anything planned.  On Tuesday, the West Boyd FBLA chapter put up FBLA week announcements on the school marquee.  Wednesday the FBLA chapter all wore their chapter T-shirts.  A scavenger hunt was held on Thursday.  If somebody found a FBLA logo hidden throughout the school, they would get a prize.  On the last day of FBLA week the FBLA chapter dressed up in business dress.  All through the week the West Boyd FBLA chapter celebrated FBLA week.   The West Boyd FBLA chapter and school had a lot of fun from the start of the week to the end.


FBLA Trick or Treat for the Food Pantry

On Friday, November 4th, the FBLA went door to door trick or treating for items for the food pantry.  They ended up with 308 items that had a total weight of 417 pounds!  Thank you to everybody who donated to the cause!



FBLA Fall Leadership Conference 9/28/2016

Some of the West Boyd FBLA officers and few other members went down to Lincoln, Nebraska to participate in the Nebraska FBLA Fall Leadership Conference to further their leadership potential.  The FBLA officers and members that attended the conference were Emily, Elsie, Emma, Conner, Chase, Joseph and Jenny.  They were accompanied by their advisor Kari Boettcher.

They arrived in Lincoln at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night.  The next morning they registered at 8:30 and attended opening session.  The keynote speaker was Josh Erickson.  Then the officers broke out into their individual office sessions.  After lunch, each member attended  different breakout sessions.  Finally, the conference concluded and the West Boyd FBLA members started the drive back home.