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Mrs. Ludemann- ADVISOR

STATE VICE PRESIDENT-Kade McMillan(click to go to the Wyoming FBLA website)

PRESIDENT – Josie Olson
REPORTER – Sydney Davey

Coming Up
Fall Conference Casper October 12
LEADS Gillette October 25
Trick or Treat for Food Bank Upton October 27
Trunk or Treat Upton October 31
Veterans Appreciation Supper Upton November 10
American Enterprise Day Upton November 15
Premature Awareness Day Upton November 17
FBLA Week Upton February 6-10
State Conference Cheyenne March 15-18
National Leadership Conference Anaheim June 29-July 2


Action Awareness Chapter
Business Achievement
Community Service
Market Share
Membership Madness/Mania
Nonstop November
Snowball Campaign
Super Sweeps
100 Class Participation


August Meeting (Minutes click here)

September Meeting (Minutes click here)

September Sweeps Award

Fall Conference (Newspaper article click here)

State Vice President, Kade McMillan

Business Owner, Carmen Deihl

Membership Awards


October Meeting (Minutes click here)

LEADS in Gillette (Article click here)

Trick or Treat for the Food Bank

November Meeting (Minutes)

Trunk or Treat

Halloween Dress Up and Contest

Veterans Appreciation Supper

Christmas Party (Meeting minutes)


March of Dimes


FBLA Week: February 6-10



What is FBLA

Eligibility for State

National Site

Wyoming Site



Sydney Davey was named the new 2016-2017 Wyoming FBLA State Parliamentarian at the State Leadership Conference in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Kade McMillan ran for Vice President and Yasmine Donner for Reporter. During Opening session all delegates introduced themselves to the state members. Both days they sat up their campaign booths and talked to members about their goals and displayed their presentation boards with handouts, candy, and buttons. Sydney’s theme was, Building The Bridge To Success. Kade’s theme was Glowing with Greatness. Yasmine’s theme was Shooting for the Stars. Hannah Olson was Sydney’s campaign manager. Josie Olson was Yasmine’s campaign manager. Sara Ranking was Kade’s campaign manager. They helped manage their campaigns, introduced them for their campaign speeches on Thursday night, and helped monitor their campaign booths. Candidate interviews were on Friday afternoon.  Josie and Hannah Olson were two of the many voting delegates that asked delegates campaign questions. Saturday morning voting delegates voted for all offices and Sydney Davey won by the majority. On Saturday afternoon there was an Induction Ceremony for all new officers.



State Vice President, Kade McMillan brought most of the audience to tears as he presented Carmen Diehl with the Wyoming FBLA Business Person of the Year Award. He said, “I would like to present this award to someone who is very close to me. I have known her my whole life. From the time I was little she taught me the true meaning of supporting a community. She has dressed as an Easter bunny for 30 years, donated candy for the Easter egg hunts and helped me with my project.
It is my distinct honor to present to you the Wyoming Business Person of the Year, my Grandma Carmen.”
Mrs. Diehl has given an Entrepreneur presentation at Fall Leadership Conference, donated for Veterans Appreciation Supper, donated for Enduro breakfast, helped students with projects, and donated for state trophies. 


By Sydney Davey, Reporter

The Wyoming High School Future Business Leaders of America had their state conference in Cheyenne, Wyoming on March 16-18 at the Radisson Inn, and Laramie County Community College. There were over 700 members present from 34 chapters. In attendance for Upton High School were 25 members, state Vice President Kade McMillan, adviser Mrs. Karla Ludemann, and guest Buffy Helwig. Buffy Helwig donated her skills and time at the conference by proctoring events and helping with members. The theme for this year was “Legacy of Leadership”. Attendees wore business attire to opening session, workshops, presentations, tests, recognition & campaign session, college career fair and exhibits, and closing ceremony. Casual attire was worn to fundraiser for the Wyoming Soldiers that included Just Dance. Students wore masks and beads for the Mardi Gras Dance.
Wyoming FBLA Vice President, Kade McMillan with other state officers led the conference. Kade led the opening session business meeting, the recognition & campaign session, voting session, executive board meeting, closing awards program, and organized the fun activities.  Mrs. Ludemann says, “Vice President McMillan has shown great work ethic and people skills this year. Upton FBLA is proud of his service for the many activities he has been a part of this year.”
The recognition and campaign session was held on Thursday night. Local president Josie Olson introduced herself and advisor Mrs. Ludemann in a Parade of Presidents and Advisers. The Upton chapter received many awards which included: September Sweeps, Chapter Challenge, Nonstop November, Snowball Campaign, Market Share, and Action Awareness. A Community Service Award for 200 hours was given to Adrianna Materi.  Kade McMillan received the Membership Madness and the Business Achievement Award.
Also on Thursday night was a fundraiser for the Wyoming Soldiers. Members paid ten dollar to participate in a Just Dance competition. Sara Rankin, Kade McMillan, Josie Olson, Riley Coburn, Eli Jones, Jayden Caylor, Adrianna, and Jasmine put on costumes and danced to raise money for the soldiers.
The Closing Awards Ceremony was Saturday at Cheyenne Hills Church. Upton placed in two events. Second place went to  Kade McMillan  in American Enterprise Project. Third place went to the Digital Design team of Anna Lewis, Jasmine Calderon, and Robin Rhoden.

Trophy sponsors from this area were Joes Food Center, Unkers, and Upton High School FBLA. Special guests for State Vice President Kade McMillan’s farewell presentation were:   Jim and Carmen Diehl and Buffy Helwig. 



FBLA National Leadership Conference in Atlanta

Atlanta FBLA

FBLA National Leadership Conference in Atlanta
By Reporter Shannon Britt-Fidone

More than 18,000 of America’s best and brightest high school students traveled to Atlanta to Connect as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to be the best in the nation.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), held its National Leadership Conference in Atlanta on June 29–July 2. Participants from across the United States attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

Josie Olson and Mackenzie Grubbs competed in Partnership with Business. The girl’s partnership was with Creative Designs. The Partnership with Business event requires students to write a report and give a presentation that demonstrates the development and implementation of an innovative, creative, and effective partnership plan. They must also include:
• description of the partnership goals and planning activities
• roles of business leaders and chapter members in developing and implementing
the partnership
• results, concepts learned, and impact of the project provide
• degree of involvement (hours spent, personal contact executives and department
heads contacted)
• examples of publicity and recognition received as a result of the partnership

Dawson Butts, Dillon Barritt, and Hunter Woodard competed in Public Service Announcement. In light of current events with professional sports teams, franchises, and professional sports players, the image of these companies has been tarnished. Produce a PSA demonstrating the positive impact of sports. They must include:
• Research and form an objective on the topic provided.
• Create a 30-second video on the topic.
• The video production may use any method to capture or create moving images.
• A Statement of Assurance entry form must be completed and submitted by the state
chair or designee.
• The PSA video must be shown to the judges
• The presentation should include the team’s objective toward the topic, major findings from the topic research, the script writing process, use of different video techniques, a list of equipment and software used, and copyright issues with pictures, music or other items.
• Competitors’ must bring their own script copy if they want to refer to it during the presentation.

Shannon Britt-Fidone and Bailey Crackel competed in E-Business. Create a website for a banquet hall (to be used for wedding receptions, engagement parties, and any type of celebrations or business presentation meetings). Develop a company identity including a name and logo that has a cohesive design structure to be used throughout the website. The site should have elements typical of a banquet hall, including but not limited to: • interactive calendar with availability • interactive photo gallery • interactive contact information page • ability to reserve date online and pay deposit • ability to order and pay for two different features • ability to request digital sales kit

Sara Rankin and Lainee Claycomb competed in Digital Video Production. Using a popular cover song as a starting point, create a parody music video that will promote FBLA. It should incorporate music, acting, singing, and multiple production elements.

Kade McMillan served as the Wyoming State Vice President. McMillan assisted other state officers with a state meeting consisting of parliamentary procedure for 400 Wyoming students. He also helped encourage participants and coordinate activities.

Advisor, Mrs. Ludemann was recognized as the Wyoming Advisor of the Year during the opening ceremony and regional meeting. At the regional meeting the Upton chapter was recognized for numerous awards. Mrs. Ludemann and the students would like to thank Buffy McMillan for helping with the trip.

In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

Inyan Kara Riders, Upton School Board, Upton Economic Board, RT Communication, and Rapid City Regional Hospital helped support these students.