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Mayor honors ACHS’ Future Business Leaders

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The Adair County High School FBLA was recognized for their recent accomplishments Tuesday at Columbia City Hall. 

Joined by FBLA sponsor JR Thompson, district Supt. Dr. Pam Stephens, and almost two dozen FBLA students, Mayor Pam Hoots declared April 25-29 week “Future Business Leaders of America Week” in Columbia. The proclamation follows an impressive showing by the students at the recent state competition, held in Louisville. 

The trio of JB Piatt, Mattie Willis, and Natalie Gilbert took state championship honors in Graphic Design for their business concept, and several other students finished near the top of their respective leaderboards, both at state and regional competition.

At region, held in Bowling Green prior to the state event, Mackenzie Bennett earned a second place finish at the for her Scholarship Interview; Brody Blair finished fourth at region in Political Science; and Lilly Glass was region runner-up in Journalism. The team of Cristian Marcial-Davis, Chase Smith, and Luke Stotts were fourth place finishers in Banking & Financial Systems.

Connor Pryor finished fifth at state competition in Networking Infrastructures.

Thompson thanked the mayor for recognizing the students’ work and achievements, and said he was tremendously proud of his students’ performance.

The entire proclamation is below:

Whereas, the Adair County High School FBLA has brought home the State Championship;
Whereas, they have brought recognition to the high school and to our community;
Whereas, the graphic design team of Natalie Gilbert, JB Piatt, and Mattie Willis became first place winners and state champions;

Whereas, Connor Pryor placed in the top five for Networking infrastructures;
Whereas, the team will be representing Kentucky at the nationals later in the term;
Therefore, April 25-29, 2022, has been recognized as Future Business Leaders of America Week in our community; noting all members and their sponsor, JB Thompson.


Pamela Hoots, Mayor

Adair County High School FBLA members are: Addie Bennett, Mackenzie Bennett, Brody Blair, Braylon Breeze, Angel Chapman, Caylin Coffman, Natalie Gilbert, Lilly Glass, Andrew Godsey, Nathan Hines, Benjamin Kingrey, Cristian Marcial-Davis, Seth Murphy, JB Piatt, Connor Pryor, Chase Smith, Natalie Stearns, Luke Stotts, and Mattie Willis. 

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Wes Feese is one of this company's owners and founders. He has previously worked as an editor, news reporter, sportswriter, photographer, and freelance contributor for newspapers across central Kentucky. He grew up in the Egypt community of Adair County and is a graduate of Adair County High School and Lindsey Wilson College.