Members from C-FC FBLA attend the State Leadership Conference.

C-FC FBLA shine at the State Leadership Conference


Members from C-FC Middle Level FBLA attend the State Leadership Conference.

C-FC FBLA members who qualified for the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim.

Paige Allemann was elected Wisconsin FBLA State President.

On Sunday, April 2, through April 4, 29 high school members and 17 middle school members from the Cochrane-Fountain City Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) traveled to Appleton, Wis. There they competed at the State Leadership Conference and had the opportunity to advance to the National Leadership Conference which will be held in Anaheim, Calif., in late June. The keynote speaker of the conference was Patty Hendrickson, who spoke about leadership development and how people can focus on things they can do to be more significant. During the conference there were workshops and tours for members to attend to expand their business knowledge and engage with other members across the state.

During the conference, Paige Allemann, the 2016-2017 Region IV vice president and junior at C-FC, ran for the office of FBLA state president against two other candidates. This required each candidate to present a speech at the Fox Valley Performing Arts Center in front of over 2,000 people. Allemann was elected the position and will serve Wisconsin FBLA in the upcoming year. Allemann has worked long hard hours to achieve such an accomplishment; she will do a great job in this leadership position. 

Students competed in a variety of business related events at the State Leadership Conference. The following students advanced onto the National Leadership Conference in California. High school students had to place in the top four to advance and top two for junior high. 


National qualifiers

• Lexi Schmidtknecht, Abby Husser, and Makenna Gabel in public service announce

• Jordan Wachowiak in spreadsheets and local chapter report

• Jacob Callahan in introduction to information technology

• Emily Strom in FBLA principles and procedures

• Zoey Slaby and Halie Brone in desktop publishing

• Zoey Slaby in introduction to FBLA principles and procedures

• Damian Jilk in introduction to business math and spreadsheet

• Alex Rothering in introduction to computers and Powerpoint/slide show creation

• Paige Allemann as Wisconsin FBLA state president


The following members were honored for placing in the top five.

• Amara Livingston in introduction to public speaking and career exploration

• Brooke Allemann and Jordyn Halverson in computer slide show presentation

• Jordan Sweno in PowerPoint/slide show creation


C-FC FBLA members achieved great accomplishments at the conference. The chapter was awarded the Gold Seal Award which is given to the top 15 percent of active chapters. Additionally, members were recognized for their completion of Business Achievement Awards (BAAs) as well as Community Service Awards (CSAs). The BAAs require students to complete a variety of business-related tasks. There are four different levels of progression with each level requiring more effort and time to complete. The CSAs require students to complete a certain amount of community service hours. The students are awarded when they complete 50, 200 and 500 hours. 


BAA, future level   

Hager, Leah    

Hund, Carter  

Gabel, Rylee


BAA, business level 

Maddie Hoesley

Ashley Auer

Lexi Schmidtknecht


BAA, leader level 

Natalie Jasnoch

Karen Scharlau

Paige Allemann

Jordan Wachowiak

Katie Wachowiak


CSA, community level 

Rylee Gabel


CSA, service level 

Maddie Hoesley

Natalie Jasnoch

Katie Wachowiak


CSA, achievement level

Kayla Kaczrowski


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