ELLISVILLE- Eight of the thirteen Jones College students that competed in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State competition in Columbus, Mississippi over the weekend, came home as winners. The eight JC students placed first, second, or third in their competitive events, to qualify for national competition in June, in Atlanta, Georgia. During the three-day conference, each student competed in two business-related events. The events ranged from Fundamentals of Accounting and Macroeconomics to Programming Concepts and Public Speaking.
“Eight of the students will be going to the four-day national conference and competition in Atlanta,” said Jones College’s FBLA Advisor, David Ray. “After taking a two-year club hiatus because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are excited to be back competing on the state and national level again!”
Carter Bales of Stringer landed in first place in the Client Service category. Taylorsville’s Destiny Brown earned first place in Foundations of Accounting and first place in Business Presentation. Elizabeth Blair of Waynesboro, along with Blane Graham of Stringer, and James “Austin” Stringer of Taylorsville, placed first in the Website Design team event. Graham also took home first place in Programming Concepts. Laurel’s Alondra Abad received second place in Organizational Behavior & Leadership and second place in Sales Presentation. Hattiesburg’s Robert “Mikey” Bryant placed second in Impromptu Speaking. Earning third place were Ni’riyah Bell of Laurel-Sales Presentation; Picayune native, Deshodrick Jefferson-Human Resource Management; Ethan Hammons of Raleigh-Computer Concepts; Logan Ingram of Morton-Help Desk and Jackson Jenkins of Stringer-Job Interview.
Photo Cutline: Jones College’s FBLA club members are headed to the national competition after winning nine categories in the state competition. Pictured in the front row, left to right are Robert Bryant of Hattiesburg, Alondra Abad of Laurel, Ni’riyah Bell of Laurel and Blane Graham of Stringer. Pictured in the second row, left to right is Carter Bales of Stringer, Ethan Hammons of Raleigh, Faith Collins of Heidelberg, Logan Ingram of Morton, James Stringer of Taylorsville, Elizabeth Blair of Waynesboro, Destiny Brown of Taylorsville, Deshodrick Jefferson of Picayune, and Jackson Jenkins of Stringer.