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Rifle shows well in FBLA, Mock Trial

Theresa Hamilton
Re-2 Director of Districtwide Services

What do international business professionals have in common with computer network designers? Tons, if they got their start in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). The Rifle High School FBLA program has sparked the imaginations and honed the interpersonal and leadership skills of hundreds of students. Through public speaking, parliamentary procedure, and business skills competitions, students across the country get hands-on experience in the business world.

Recently, Rifle High School FBLA students showed off their skills in both the District Conference and the Regional Mock Trial competition, both held in Grand Junction. Nearly 650 students competed from 26 schools at the FBLA district conference and Rifle High School’s contingent did very well, bringing home a total of 31 awards. Rifle brought home seven first-place finishes, including Brittany Koley in accounting I, Leslee Simms in economics, Alica Eggen in introduction to parliamentary procedure, Lisa Lyons in technology concepts, and Steve Samson in visual basic.

Lyons, Jessica Warwick and Kelsy Been took first place as an entrepreneurship team, and Eggen, Shonna Partain, Melissa Brors and Lindsey Steele also earned first as a parliamentary procedure team.

Qualifying students will compete at the State FBLA Conference in Vail April 18-20.

Rifle’s three Mock Trial teams competed in Grand Junction at the regional competition. The team of Lindsey Steele, Lisa Lyons, Kelsy Been, Anna Peterson, Jason Dowd, Amanda Glammeyer, Alicia Eggen and Shonna Partain will represent Rifle at the state competition March 5 and 6 in Denver. This group of talented high school students earned a third-place finish out of the 16 competing teams.

The mock trial program gives students a realistic look at how the trial process works. They must prepare their own questions and answers, opening and closing statements, and be prepared to make and answer objections.

The RHS Mock Trial team is thankful for the help they received from David Hallford, Michael Sawyer, Barbara and Patrick Burwell, Katie Hays, Jawn Ross and Thelma Fields.


Congratulations to Riverside Middle School’s Hector Munoz and Highland Elementary’s Doug Nelson for their outstanding performances in the Elks Hoop Shoot. Both boys took first in the local competitions, and advanced to regionals in Gunnison. While there, Munoz earned third place and Nelson took first.

Nelson competed in the state competition and earned a fifth place out of 3,500 students in the 8- and 9-year-old division.


Get ready for some good family fun March 10-12 as the Rifle High School Drama Department presents “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.” Tickets are on sale now from your favorite cast member or by calling Choral Director Jennifer Calhoun at 625-7746.

Actors in this semester’s production include Michael Whittington, Hailey McDonald, Thomas Breslin, Katie Vaccaro, Megan McBride, Toby Fields, Brady Kozera and James Andre.

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