Ninty-eight students from seven high schools participated in the 3
Annual Best of the West Business Invitational on Wednesday, Jan. 28, co-hosted by Chadron State College and the Chadron Center on Economic Education. Attending schools were: Alliance, Arthur County, Bridgeport, Chadron, Hay Springs, Hemingford and Ogallala. The competition included written tests in eight subjects, as well as a job interview contest for seniors. Alliance High School placed first, followed by Chadron and Hemingford.
Interim Dean Dr. Wendy Waugh as well as CSC faculty members Dr. Richard Koza, Terrie Wood, and Jack Kant judged the job interview contest. Volunteers from the Nebraska Business Development Center as well as CSC student members of Rural Business Leadership Initiative assisted with the event. Students participating in the Best of the West competition also took part in asking questions of a student panel made up of CSC students. Students asked the panel questions regarding student life at Chadron State College.
The Best of the West Invitational was conducted following Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competition guidelines. Center Administrator, Dr. Gary Dusek said by following FBLA rules, the competition served to prepare the competitors for the FBLA State Leadership Conference in Kearney in April. Dr. Wendy Waugh, Interim Dean of the School of Business, Mathematics and Science, said “The Best of the West competition was well attended by area high schools. The energy and professionalism these students brought to our campus was unmistakable. It is very apparent that there are some strong future business leaders emerging from the participants and Chadron State. We, along with the Nebraska Council on Economic Education, are honored to offer the opportunity for these students to challenge themselves and grow in their knowledge of business.”