Grand Forks students receive awards, other recognition at state conference

Thirteen students qualified to compete at national Future Business Leaders of America conference this summer in Chicago

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GRAND FORKS – Grand Forks high school students earned several awards at the 55th annual North Dakota Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference held recently in Bismarck.

About 900 middle and high school students, representing more than 60 FBLA chapters from across the state, participated in the event, which was designed to test their business skills in areas such as accounting, computer applications, public speaking, job interview, website design and business ethics. They competed in individual, team and chapter events.

The conference concluded with an awards ceremony, during which winners were recognized for their accomplishments and were selected to represent North Dakota at the National Leadership Conference set for June 29-July 2 in Chicago.

Grand Forks Central students who placed at the state conference are: Kaylee Anderson, Greta Dietzler, Hanson Du, Brady Hanson, Quinton Hodney, Dylan Kiley, Boyuan Zhang, Evan Whalen, Tyler Whalen, Dylan Raaum, Kaden Knabe and Madeline Stangl.

Red River students who placed at the state conference are: Denver Flanagan, Jaryn Sundby, Rachana Garre, Angelica Knudsen, Parker Menke, Tatum Mosley, Raegan Salgado and Selena Wu.


These students have qualified for the national conference: Grand Forks Central – Kaylee Anderson, Greta Dietzler, Hanson Du, Dylan Kiley, Dylan Raaum, Madeline Stangl, Tyler Whalen and Boyuan Zhang, and from Red River – Rachana Garre, Parker Menke, Tatum Mosley, Reagan Salgado and Selena Wu.

Recipients of the Who’s Who recognition are Hanson Du and Madeline Stangl, of Grand Forks Central, and Tatum Mosley and Angelica Knudsen, Red River.

Du was recognized for his role as a state officer, serving as the Region 1 vice president, and Salgado and the state historian.

Business Achievement Awards were presented to Grand Forks Central students Hanson Du, Kaden Knabe, Madeline Stangl and Boyuan Zhang, and to Red River students Rachana Garre, Parker Menke, Raegan Salgado, Jaryn Sundby and Selena Wu.

Grand Forks Central’s FBLA chapter received a “Go for North Dakota Gold Award,” which was given to seven chapters in the state, and an American Heart Association fundraising award. The Red River chapter received a “Go for North Dakota Bronze Award”.

Advisors for the local FBLA chapters are Megan Sullivan and Trevor Lennon at Grand Forks Central and Theresa Ostgarden at Red River.

The FBLA, a professional organization for students interested in pursuing business careers, exists to inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experience.

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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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