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Best of the West draws 60 high school students to campus

February 5, 2018

The top three winners in the Best of the West Business Invitational, accounting division, pose in the Chadron State College Student Center Feb. 2, 2018. From left, Dean Joel Hyer, Teresa Gottwald, first, Chadron High School, Kaelob Marx, second, Hay Springs High School, Brooklyn Stack, third, Chadron High School, and CSCEE administrator Gary Dusek. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)
The top three winners in the Best of the West Business Invitational, accounting division, pose in the Chadron State College Student Center Feb. 2, 2018. From left, Dean Joel Hyer, Teresa Gottwald, first, Chadron High School, Kaelob Marx, second, Hay Springs High School, Brooklyn Stack, third, Chadron High School, and CSCEE administrator Gary Dusek. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)

CHADRON – Sixty students from five high schools participated in Best of the West Business Invitational Friday, Feb. 2, hosted by the Chadron State Center on Economic Education. Attending schools were Alliance, Bridgeport, Chadron, Hay Springs and Hemingford.

The competition included written tests in seven subjects, as well as a job interview contest for seniors. In the team standings, Chadron High School placed first, followed by Alliance and Hemingford.

CSC faculty members Dr. Wendy Waugh, Dr. Richard Koza and Terrie Wood judged the job interview contest. CSC student members of Phi Beta Lambda volunteered to assist with the event.

Chadron State College and the Nebraska Council on Economic Education (NCEE) co-sponsored the competition. NCEE field representative Josh Hinrichs said by following Future Business Leaders of America rules, the competition served to prepare the competitors for the FBLA State Leadership Conference in Omaha in April.

Dr. Gary Dusek, center administrator for the CSCEE, one of five throughout the state, thanked the NCEE staff and administrators for their assistance in planning the event. Dr. Joel Hyer, dean of the School of Business, Entrepreneurship, Applied and Mathematical Sciences, and Sciences, said he was impressed with the turnout and the quality of the participants.

Individual results:

Accounting: 1, Teresa Gottwald, Chadron High School, 2, Kaelob Marx, Hay Springs High School, 3, Brooklyn Stack, Chadron High School

Business Calculations: 1, Hunter Hawk, Chadron High School, 2, Molly Lambert, Bridgeport High School, 3, Jensen Curtis, Alliance High School

Business Communications: 1, Hunter Hawk, Chadron High School, 2, Hannah Middleton, Alliance High School, 3, Rayleigh Farrenkopf, Bridgeport High School

Financial Math: 1, Kenneth Wyland, Hemingford High School, 2, Rebecca Hanson, Hemingford High School, 3, Alex Neefe, Hemingford High School

FBLA Principles and Procedures: 1, Kelsey Horton, Alliance High School, 2, Abigail Gardner, Chadron High School, 3, Ashley Burrows, Hay Springs High School

Introduction of Business: 1, Abigail Gardner, Chadron High School, 2, Trace Bilby, Hay Springs High School, 3, Danea Hanson, Hemingford High School

Job Interview: 1, Aubree Noble, Chadron High School, 2, Sarah Kesterson, Bridgeport High School

Personal Finance: 1, Sarah Kesterson, Bridgeport High School, 2, Kaelob Marx, Hay Springs High School, 3, Jensen Curtis, Alliance High School

The top three winners in the Best of the West Business Invitational, business communications division, pose in the Chadron State College Student Center Feb. 2, 2018. From left, Dean Joel Hyer, Hunter Hawk, first, Chadron High School, Hannah Middleton, second, Alliance High School, Rayleigh Farrenkopf, third, Bridgeport High School, and CSCEE administrator Gary Dusek. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)
The top three winners in the Best of the West Business Invitational, business communications division, pose in the Chadron State College Student Center Feb. 2, 2018. From left, Dean Joel Hyer, Hunter Hawk, first, Chadron High School, Hannah Middleton, second, Alliance High School, Rayleigh Farrenkopf, third, Bridgeport High School, and CSCEE administrator Gary Dusek. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)
The top three winners in the Best of the West Business Invitational, business calculations division, pose in the Chadron State College Student Center Feb. 2, 2018. From left, Dean Joel Hyer, Hunter Hawk, first, Chadron High School, Molly Lambert, second, Bridgeport High School, Jensen Curtis, third, Alliance High School, and CSCEE administrator Gary Dusek. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)
The top three winners in the Best of the West Business Invitational, business calculations division, pose in the Chadron State College Student Center Feb. 2, 2018. From left, Dean Joel Hyer, Hunter Hawk, first, Chadron High School, Molly Lambert, second, Bridgeport High School, Jensen Curtis, third, Alliance High School, and CSCEE administrator Gary Dusek. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)
The top three winners in the Best of the West Business Invitational, introduction to business division, pose in the Chadron State College Student Center Feb. 2, 2018. From left, Dean Joel Hyer, Abigail Gardner, first, Chadron High School, Trace Bilby, second, Hay Springs High School, Danea Hanson, third, Hemingford High School, and CSCEE administrator Gary Dusek. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)
The top three winners in the Best of the West Business Invitational, introduction to business division, pose in the Chadron State College Student Center Feb. 2, 2018. From left, Dean Joel Hyer, Abigail Gardner, first, Chadron High School, Trace Bilby, second, Hay Springs High School, Danea Hanson, third, Hemingford High School, and CSCEE administrator Gary Dusek. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)
The top three winners in the Best of the West Business Invitational, FBLA principles and procedures division, pose in the Chadron State College Student Center Feb. 2, 2018. From left, Dean Joel Hyer, Kelsey Horton, first, Alliance High School, Abigail Gardner, second, Chadron High School, Ashley Burrows, third, Hay Springs High School, and CSCEE administrator Gary Dusek. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)
The top three winners in the Best of the West Business Invitational, FBLA principles and procedures division, pose in the Chadron State College Student Center Feb. 2, 2018. From left, Dean Joel Hyer, Kelsey Horton, first, Alliance High School, Abigail Gardner, second, Chadron High School, Ashley Burrows, third, Hay Springs High School, and CSCEE administrator Gary Dusek. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)
The top three winners in the Best of the West Business Invitational, personal finance division, pose in the Chadron State College Student Center Feb. 2, 2018. From left, Dean Joel Hyer, Sarah Kesterson, first, Bridgeport High School, Kaelob Marx, second, Hay Springs High School, Jensen Curtis, third, Alliance High School, and NCEE Center Administrator Gary Dusek. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)
The top three winners in the Best of the West Business Invitational, personal finance division, pose in the Chadron State College Student Center Feb. 2, 2018. From left, Dean Joel Hyer, Sarah Kesterson, first, Bridgeport High School, Kaelob Marx, second, Hay Springs High School, Jensen Curtis, third, Alliance High School, and NCEE Center Administrator Gary Dusek. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)
The top three winners in the Best of the West Business Invitational, financial math division, pose in the Chadron State College Student Center Feb. 2, 2018. From left, Dean Joel Hyer, Kenneth Wyland, first, Hemingford High School, Rebecca Hanson, second, Hemingford High School, Alex Neefe, third, Hemingford, and CSCEE Center Administrator Gary Dusek. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)
The top three winners in the Best of the West Business Invitational, financial math division, pose in the Chadron State College Student Center Feb. 2, 2018. From left, Dean Joel Hyer, Kenneth Wyland, first, Hemingford High School, Rebecca Hanson, second, Hemingford High School, Alex Neefe, third, Hemingford, and CSCEE Center Administrator Gary Dusek. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)
The top two winners in the Best of the West Business Invitational, job interview division, pose in the Chadron State College Student Center Feb. 2, 2018. From left, Dean Joel Hyer, Aubree Noble, first, Chadron High School, Sarah Kesterson, second, Bridgeport High School, and The top three winners in the Best of the West Business Invitational, personal finance division, pose in the Chadron State College Student Center Feb. 2, 2018. From left, Dean Joel Hyer, Sarah Kesterson, first, Bridgeport High School, Kaelob Marx, second, Hay Springs High School, Jensen Curtis, third, Alliance High School, and CSCEE administrator Gary Dusek. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)
The top two winners in the Best of the West Business Invitational, job interview division, pose in the Chadron State College Student Center Feb. 2, 2018. From left, Dean Joel Hyer, Aubree Noble, first, Chadron High School, Sarah Kesterson, second, Bridgeport High School, and The top three winners in the Best of the West Business Invitational, personal finance division, pose in the Chadron State College Student Center Feb. 2, 2018. From left, Dean Joel Hyer, Sarah Kesterson, first, Bridgeport High School, Kaelob Marx, second, Hay Springs High School, Jensen Curtis, third, Alliance High School, and CSCEE administrator Gary Dusek. (Photo by Tena L. Cook/Chadron State College)