Can Dorchester High School compete with the likes of Lincoln East, Bellevue West, Bellevue East and Columbus?
When it comes to business marketing and sales, you bet.
The Times has learned that DHS students and FBLA members Tim Havlat, Brittney Zoubek and Jacee Weber have made the state FBLA finals in marketing. They will be presenting at the FBLA State Leadership Conference on April 7 in Omaha, with a guaranteed top eight finish.
Tim Havlat also made the finals in sales presentation at the April 7 conference.
DHS did not have an FBLA charter until the 1991-92 school year. A quarter century later, while numbers in some other DHS activities have declined, DHS' FBLA membership remains strong -- impressive for a Class D school. (DHS dropped from Class C to Class D in school year 1991-92, ironically.)
Over the years, Dorchester has become a force to be reckoned within the FBLA universe and its statewide competitions. In 2015, Dorchester took second place at the Nebraska FBLA competition for the Market Share Award, for example.
In the 2010-11 school year, Jessica Hansen, who received honorable mention top five percent in the areas of cyber security and sports management at the state FBLA competition, was elected as Nebraska's FBLA state secretary.
Other Dorchester students have served as state FBLA officers, as well, dating back to the 1990s.
The Dorchester Public School community should be proud of its FBLA chapter and the strong interest in business demonstrated by its many students.