FBLA team finishes in Top 15 at nationals

A partnership with local senior citizens has propelled a team of Oconto Falls High School students to the top of a national competition.

The OFHS Partnership in Business team of Elizabeth Coopman, Candis Dequaine and Jessica Belongia recently earned a spot in the Top 15 at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif. The team’s entry involved planning and participating in activities at the local senior center and submitting reports about their experience to the judges.

“I think my favorite part was competing,” said Coopman, a sophomore. “It’s an adrenaline rush competing against people from across the country.”

Although team members know they are among the top in the nation, their exact placing will not be announced until August.

No matter how the team finishes, Coopman said the trip was terrific.

“It was an unforgettable experience,” she said.


Carlson receives educator excellence award

Micki Carlson received the 2012-13 Educator of Excellence Award for the Gillett School District. The Nicolet Oconto Retired Teachers Association sponsored the award. The Gillett School District faculty selected the recipient.

The award was presented to Carlson by Bette Meunier, representing NORTA. Meunier was Carlson’s high school chorus teacher, and Carlson completed her teaching internship with Meunier.

Carlson had been an educator for 27 years. She began her career at Shawano High School, where she was the vocal music director for six years. She accepted a position at Suring Schools in 1992 in order to teach in the community that was her home. Her husband, Todd, who worked with her, and their three children, Emily, Ashley and Brock, all made Suring School their home for several years.

Five years ago, Carlson made a career change, from Suring’s high school/middle school choir director to elementary music teacher at the Gillett School District.


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