Jose J. Alderete Middle School Future Business Leaders Show Strong at State Competition
Sixth Graders Display Keen Business Sense
Posted on 04/12/2022
This is the image for the news article titled Sixth Graders Display Keen Business SenseThe Jose J. Alderete Middle School (AMS) Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) got down to business at the FBLA State Competition 2022 held in Galveston, TX. The team of sixth-grade students claimed first and second-place spots in various categories with Canutillo ISD being the only district in El Paso representing the middle level at the state competition.

At the state level, students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. AMS team member Isabella Lee received the Who’s Who FBLA Award for Middle-Level Area 2 and earned first place in the Marketing Mix Challenge. Eric Garcia and Miguel Ontiveros got first place in Website Development and Alejandro Ortiz and Santiago Ramirez took second in Exploring Business Issues.

“My goal is to provide opportunities that challenge students and enrich them by exposing them to what they can experience at the high school level. Hoping to expand their thinking and help them make decisions while they advocate for their educational goals and interests,” said Nidia Avila, AMS Principal. “AMS has the expectation that every elective teacher sponsors clubs or events that align toward that goal since our core teachers focus on ensuring students are challenged through their advanced courses.”

The AMS FBLA team is sponsored by AMS career and technology teacher, Ivonne Lugo and was mentored by Canutillo High School alumna, Yuliana Ramos who served as an FBLA state representative. Ramos volunteered her time to work with the students as well as provided workshops to prepare them for competition.

The FBLA State Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. First and second place winners of the Middle-Level state competition are eligible to compete at the upcoming FBLA Nationals in Chicago, IL.