Alliance Takes Team Title At 7th Annual Best Of The West Business Competition At CSC

Job Interview winners L-R: Dean Ryan Morgan, Carlie Schneider of Alliance, Demaris Kelso of Chadron, Caitlynn Mack of Valentine, Dr Ron K Patterson – Photo Tena L Cook/CSC

       Alliance High School placed 1st overall recently at the 7th Annual Best of the West Business Competition at Chadron State College. Sidney High School was 2nd and Hemingford High School 3rd.

    CSC and the Council on Economic Education began the Best of the West to help prepare students for the FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America – state competition, which this year is April 3-5 in Kearney. 

       Chadron State President Ron K. Patterson delivered the opening welcome this year to some 100 students from 7 high schools – Alliance, Chadron, Hay Springs, Hemingford, Omaha North, Sidney, and Valentine. 

        Dr Gary Dusek, director of the local Nebraska Business Development Center, says the students were excited about being on a college campus and learning about college life from a  panel of 4 CSC students and one professor.

     The Best of the West uses the FBLA competition guidelines and Dusek, who is also a business professor at Chadron State, says it event could not have been held without the help of lots of volunteers 

       CSC faculty members judged the job interview contest with members of the Business Development Center staff and students from the Rural Business Leadership Initiative judging or assisting in other ways.

Overall Team Winners

1, Alliance High School

2, Sidney High School

3, Hemingford High School

Individual Placings

Job Interview

1, Carlie Schneider, Alliance

2, Demaris Kelso, Chadron

3, Caitlynn Mack, Valentine


1, Emily McCune, Alliance

2, Lillian Dorshorst, Hay Springs

3, Carlye Kresl, Hemingford

4, Caitlynn Mack, Valentine

5, Tobin Rust, Chadron

Business Calculations

1, Emily McCune, Alliance High School

2, Hannah Schneider, Alliance

3, Billy Hy, Chadron

4, Lillian Dorshorst, Hay Springs

5, Drew Varner, Hemingford

Business Communications

1, Carlye Kresl, Hemingford

2, Mason Trumble, Alliance

3, Robert Stevens, Sidney

4, Jaelyn Brown, Chadron

5, Bennett Fisher, Chadron


1, Luke Uhlir, Sidney High School

2, Aiden Benda, Hemingford

3, Thomas Smith, Chadron

4, Aiden Vinton, Chadron

5, JT Obando, Chadron

Introduction to Business

1, Cody Penaluna, Hemingford

2, Barrett Wiegand, Sidney

3, Landen Mooney, Valentine

4, Jacob Bryner, Hemingford

5, Hailey Rodman, Alliance

Introduction to FBLA

1, Kinzie Bridge, Alliance

2, Jaelyn Brown, Chadron

3, Arianna Rodriguez, Alliance

4, Adday Tewahade, Chadron

5, Emily Coleman, Alliance

Introduction to Financial Mathematics

1, Barrett Wiegand, Sidney

2, Noel Onate, Sidney

3, Cody Penaluna, Hemingford

4, Tayten Haas, Hemingford

5, Samantha Sprenger, Valentine


1, Robert Stevens, Sidney

2, Luke Uhlir, Sidney

3, Thomas Smith, Chadron

4, JT Obando, Chadron

5, Theron Miller, Hemingford

Personal Finance

1, Landen Mooney, Valentine

2, Mason Trumble, Alliance

3, Gavin Bell, Hemingford

4, Bennett Fisher, Chadron

5, Drew Varner, Hemingford