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Centennial Bulldogs Shine in District 6 FBLA Competition

front row: Nadia Jackson, Ashlee Sandoval, Rachel Appenzeller; back row: Josh Thatcher, Advisor Chris Madrill, Andrew Li. front row, left to right: Aiden Martinez, Dylan Larson, Brielle Baca; back row, left to right: Richard Toupal, Aubrey Horton,














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From January 13 through January 27, Pueblo School District 60 FBLA scholars from Centennial, South and Central high schools virtually competed against colleagues from more than 20 Colorado high schools.

On February 11, during the first-ever virtual FBLA District 6 Leadership Conference, the results of that competition were revealed.

In six categories, Centennial High School Bulldogs captured first place and qualified for state:

  • Aidan Martinez: Business Calculations (state qualifier)
  • Ciara Reyes: Introduction to Information Technology (state qualifier)
  • Dylan Larson: Introduction to Business (state qualifier)
  • Rachel Appenzeller: Computer Problem Solving (also, third in Cyber Security and state qualifier)
  • Nadia Jackson and Andrew Li: Business Ethics (state qualifiers)
  • Nadia Jackson, Andrew Li, Joshua Thatcher and Richard Lane: Team Parliamentary Procedure (state qualifiers)

Additionally, the following Bulldogs placed in the Top Five of their respective events:

  • Joshua Thatcher: Second in Spreadsheet Applications (state qualifier)
  • Andrew Zhang: Third in Advertising (state qualifier) and Fifth in Accounting
  • R.J. Toupal: Third in Insurance/Risk Management and Third in Securities and Investments (state qualifier)
  • Brielle Baca: Fourth in Introduction to Business Procedures (state qualifier)
  • Carolanne Larson: Fourth in Introduction to Information Technology (state qualifier)
  • Evan Woodka Kelly: Third in Introduction to Information Technology (state qualifier) 
  • Aubrey Horton: Fifth in Marketing
  • Santana Reyes: Fifth in Computer Problem Solving (state qualifier)
  • Ashlee Sandoval: Fifth in Introduction to Business (state qualifier)
  • Ashlee Sandoval and Brielle Baca: Fifth in Business Ethics
  • Richard Lane: Fifth in Political Science
  • Also from Centennial, junior Aidan Martinez is the FBLA District 6 Webmaster and is running for the FBLA state officer role, which hasn’t been in Pueblo for the past two years.

From South High School, Sophia Johnson placed second in Public Speaking – thus qualifying for state – and Fifth in Digital Video Production. Her advisor is Rachel Cesario.

And from East High School, Richard Lane qualified for state in Political Science, and Aubrey Horton qualified for state in Marketing. 

John Ward, activities and athletics director at Centennial, said this year’s strong showing is a continuation of the tradition of excellence in FBLA for which the Bulldogs are known.

“Our long history of being successful in FBLA goes back to Karen Pike, a longtime sponsor from the early 1990s through the early 2000s,” Mr. Ward said. “We have a tradition of sending kids to the state meet and also have a national champion, Anthony Price, whose plaque is still in our showcase.”

Centennial’s FBLA Advisor is Christopher Madrill, former business teacher and currently D60 Career and Technical Education Teacher on Special Assignment.

“Chris has done a good job of stepping in and keeping things going,” Mr. Ward said.

“One of the reasons we are successful in FBLA is the caliber of students,” Mr. Madrill said. “The students, regardless of grade level, truly try their hardest, and have a desire to expand their horizons. For both career and college readiness, FBLA prepares students by offering that post-secondary workforce readiness.”