GJHS represented at state FBLA event

Tigers took second place in Denver

Grand Junction High School had six students compete at a Future Business Leaders of America state competition May 5-7 in Denver.

Competing for GJHS were sophomore Alex Kirch in human resources, junior Taytin Knoblich in personal finance, freshman Jonathan Azbell in computer problem solving, junior Jameson Boyer in coding and programming, and sophomores Kiana Polk and Jasmine Dodd in broadcast journalism. 

GJHS had two students placed at state, Azbel and Knoblich. Knoblich will be heading to Atlanta, Georgia, in June to compete at nationals.

“[Knoblich] went to nationals last year so this is two times in a row for him. Azbel, he placed 8th [at state] in computer solving,” GJHS teacher and FBLA advisor Suzanne Dunlap said. 

Dunlap is the club advisor, she has been working with FBLA for 2 years.

“I like learning about business and competing against other people in the different competitions,” said Kirch.

FBLA also competed in the district competition in January. GJHS had 5 students place at nationals

FBLA is part of Career Technical Education. CTE helps students prepare for postsecondary workforce and readiness. This provides students with academic and technological skills.

There are no requirements to join FBLA. Members meet during lunch every Monday in Room 104.

The Grand Junction High School FBLA members are, from left, advisor Suzanne Dunlap, and members Alex Kirch, Jonathan Azbel, Jamison Boyer, Kiana Polk, Jasmine Dodd and Taytin Knoblich.