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Valentine’s Day Cookie Sales In Full Swing

FBLA’s annual Valentine’s Day cookie sales are in full swing. These are Eileen’s Cookies and come at a cost of $4. Orders need turned into the school by Thursday, February 7th and will be delivered at the end of the student workday on Wednesday, February 13th. If you’d like to place an order you can contact your favorite Centura FBLA Member, or print the attached document and turn your order into the office, or contact Mrs. Loeffelholz at Centura FBLA thanks you for your business!

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FBLA Leaders Attend Conference

Pictured above are back row: Macy Baldwin, Grace McDonald, Taylor Grabowski, Hailey Anderson. Front Row: Miranda Frerichs, Colten Seevers, and Madison Hickok. Centura’s FBLA Officers traveled to Nebraska’s Fall Leadership Conference on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, held in Kearney. The leaders were welcomed to the conference by guest speaker, Mr. Bill Cordes. Cordes shared his message of YOGOWYPI, “You Only Get Out What You Put In”. He also shared that it isn’t enough to just be a willing participant. One must be eager also. Cordes stated that, “great jobs go to the eager, not to the willing”. The officers also attended breakout sessions tailored to their specified officer position they hold in Centura’s FBLA Chapter, sessions on leadership, community service, and fundraising.

Shop Schwan’s and Donate to FBLA National Competitors

Do you shop Schwan’s already, or would like to start? By going online to and placing an order, our FBLA National Competitors will earn 20% on food purchases and 40% on eGift Cards for the first 45 days and 5% on food orders for the next 90 days. This does not cost you the customer any extra, as this is a contribution made by Schwan’s to our group, on your behalf.

If you don’t care to shop online, but would like to purchase items through Schwan’s, brochures will be placed in both the high school and elementary offices.

If you don’t care to shop Schwan’s but would like to make a donation, checks can be made payable to Centura FBLA.

We appreciate your support! ~Juan Perez, Colten Seevers, Nick Kortz, Madison Hickok, Elayna Holcomb, Callie Gorecki, Morgan Semm, and Taylor Grabowski.


Centura FBLA Brings Home Hardware from State Competition

Centura FBLA brought home hardware from the state FBLA competition held last week. The following are the placings earned by the students:

Macy and Amber Baldwin– 8th place E-Business; Callie Gorecki and Taylor Grabowski – 8th place Partnership with Business; Grace McDonald – 5th place Public Speaking; Claire Casperson– 4th place PSA; Madison Hickok and Elayna Holcomb – 4th place Digital Video;

Quality Member Award – Miranda Frerichs

National Qualifiers:

Colten Seevers and Nick Kortz – 3rd place Mobile App Development

Juan Perez -1st Place Financial Math

Way to go Centurions!!  Congratulations to Mrs. Loeffelholz and the whole team.

Pictured: Front Row: Amber Baldwin, Macy Baldwin, Taylor Grabowski, Callie Gorecki, Miranda Frerichs
Middle Row: Lauryn Bernt, Claire Caspersen, Madison Hickok, Elayna Holcomb, Sydney Perez. Back Row: Grace McDonald, Colten Seevers, Nick Kortz, Juan Perez.

Twenty-Five Centura FBLA Members To Compete At State

Callie Gorecki, junior member, prepares for just one of the many competitions to be held at the FBLA State Leadership Conference next week. She and Taylor Grabowski, also a junior, partnered with Pathway Bank, providing savings lessons and the opportunity to save money, to Centura 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. After preparing and submitting a report of their project, Gorecki and Grabowski found out last week that they were one of eight teams across Nebraska to present their project at state. Grace McDonald was selected to present her speech she prepared about the importance of FBLA. While these students were selected as finalists, many competitors have to wait until getting to Omaha to compete and find out their results. Centura FBLA will be attending the conference with 3,000 students across the state. Good Luck Centurions! The following is a list students and their competitions:

Hailey Anderson: Introduction to Business Communication, Agribusiness, Advertising

Amber Baldwin: E-business, Introduction to Financial Math, Introduction to Business Communication, Business Calculations

Macy Baldwin: E-business, Business Calculations, Business Communications

Lauryn Bernt: Introduction to Business Communication, Introduction to Financial Math, Business Math and Financial Literacy, Word Processing

Claire Caspersen: Public Service Announcement, Introduction to Business Communication, Introduction to Financial Math

Katie Dethlefs: Community Service Project, Job Interview, Business Communication

Miranda Frerichs: Business Calculations, Business Communication, Social Media Campaign

Gretchen Fritz: Community Service Project, Business Communication, Business Calculations

Jadyn Gentleman: Introduction to Business Communication, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Financial Math

Callie Gorecki: Agribusiness, Partnership with Business Project, Business Communication

Taylor Grabowski: Partnership with Business Project, Agribusiness, Introduction to Business Communication

Madison Hickok: Business Calculations, Business Communication, Digital Video Production

Elayna Holcomb: Digital Video Production, Introduction to Business Communication, Word Processing

Rhegan Jensen: Business Math and Financial Literacy, Introduction to Business Communication, Introduction to Financial Math.

Nicholas Kortz: Mobile Application Development, Introduction to Business Communication, Introduction to Information Technology

Emily Krolikowski: Business Communication, Business Calculations, Job Interview

Grace McDonald: Business Communication, Publication Design, Public Speaking, Electronic Career Portfolio

Cortney Mullins: Introduction to Business Communication, Introduction to Financial Math, Introduction to Business

Joselyn Mullins: Introduction to Business, Introduction to Business Communication, Introduction to Financial Math

Juan Perez: Introduction to Financial Math, Introduction to Business Communication, Business Calculations

Sydney Perez: Introduction to Business Communication, Introduction to Financial Math, Business Math and Financial Literacy, Career Exploration

Jayden Schunamen: Graphic Design, Business Communication, Community Service Project

Colten Seevers: Introduction to Business Communication, Mobile Application Development, Introduction to Information Technology

Morgan Semm: Introduction to Business Communication, Introduction to Financial Math, Business Math and Financial Literacy, Word Processing

Austin Simmons: Social Media Campaign, Business Communication, Business Calculations

Centura Staff and Students Participate in Various Holiday Giving Projects

FFA/FBLA Annual Holiday Food Drive The Centura FFA/FBLA Annual Holiday Food Drive began on Monday, December 4th and will run for two consecutive weeks. Students may hand in food from 8:00-8:20am each morning in the 100 pod. Prizes will be drawn each day for those that bring food. The winning class will earn a pizza party for four periods during a school day. In order to be eligible if your class wins, you must have contributed at least 5 items to your class’s total. Those in the winning class that don’t meet this will have to remain in their classes during the pizza party. (All items must be non perishable)

Holiday Happenings-Service Projects

The Giving Tree is a project that the Centura staff and students have embraced through many organizations and individuals. Over 90 students’ holiday season will be brighter through the generous giving of gifts.

The Centura Student Council is hosting Toys for Tots again this year. Students and staff are encouraged to bring an unwrapped, new toy for the collection box through Dec. 15th.

The student council is also visiting the Cairo Senior Center on Wednesday, Dec. 13th for caroling and cookies.

Toys for Tots Program

The Centura staff is supporting the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. This worthy program collects new, unused toys for underprivileged children. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. In return for bringing a new toy, the Centura staff will enjoy wearing jeans on Thursday, December 14th.


Centura FBLA and Pathway Bank Encourage Saving Money

Each year Centura FBLA partners with a business to enhance student learning and assist with various needs. This year, FBLA has partnered with Pathway Bank to teach the elementary students more about banking and saving money. On Friday, September 1, 2017, presentations were given to grades 4, 5, and 6 about starting a savings account.

Taylor Grabowski, Callie Gorecki, and Rachel Baustert each introduced Abby Hargens from Pathway Bank. Taylor, Callie, and Rachel, also talked to the kids about being able to start a Pathway Bank Savings Account and having the ability to deposit it at a teller station, soon to be located at Centura. Ms. Hargens informed the students about banking and saving money; she also helped them create short-term and long-term savings goals.

Prior to the presentations, FBLA members and Pathway employees compiled 120 folders.  Ms. Hargens explained that the folders contained information about the importance of saving money along with forms for opening a savings account. If the student does not want to participate, or has a savings account already, the student is to bring a note back to their teachers. If the student decides to participate in the savings project, the information needs to be mailed back to Pathway Bank using the envelope provided, or by returning the information to their teacher as soon as possible.

If anyone has questions or concerns about the savings project, they can contact Mrs. Loeffelholz at ~Callie Gorecki

Centura Students to Present at State FBLA

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Rachel Baustert and Macy Baldwin, are preparing this week to present their Partnership with Business Project at the 55th Annual FBLA State Leadership Conference. After submitting a report about the project, Nebraska FBLA informed the pair that they were selected to compete in the finals, and would be giving an oral presentation on Thursday, April 6, 2017.

The two have been working with Katie Bohling, owner of Katie Cakes, to assist her with marketing her business. Baustert and Baldwin have created items such as a logo, brochure, flyer, cost analysis and Instagram page. An added bonus of pairing with Katie Cakes, was the opportunity to bake, decorate, and eat the cupcakes!

Last year Baustert and Kaitlyn Dethlefs were awarded an 8th Place honor in this category. Baustert, talked about entering this competition and stated, “Partnering with a businesses has taught me about the business world and has helped prepare me for my future.”

Five Points Bank Welcomes Centura Students

On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Grand Island’s Five Points Bank helped Centura students make connections between the classes they are enrolled in and the world of business finance. “It was cool to learn how advancements in technology have changed the way banks do business,” commented Rachel Baustert, a Junior at Centura. Kim Wells, Loan Operations Specialist-Systems at Five Points, along with her colleagues, took the students through the basics of assisting customers with their financial needs while keeping them safe from fraud.FivePoints