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PERU — Elmwood-Murdock students passed their business tests last week in a regional competition at Peru State College.

The Knights traveled to the state of Peru Feb. 16 for the 49th Annual PSC Business Competition. Nineteen students from the EM Future Business Leaders of America chapter participated in a variety of business events throughout the day. Elmwood-Murdock seniors Lexi Bacon and Sela Rikli each won two medals and juniors Cade Hosier and sophomore Tatum Backemeyer each won a medal.

Laura Rikli is co-counsellor for the Elmwood-Murdock FBLA program and state treasurer for the Nebraska FBLA organization. She said the Knights were happy with how they performed in the state of Peru.

“The EM FBLA members were thrilled to get six medals in the top five,” Rikli said.

Students competed in the business disciplines of Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Business Law, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Business Mathematics, Introduction to Business, Personal Finance, Communications business, computer concepts, job interviews, web page design, business ethics, economics, typing and word processing.

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Each school could register up to three students for each event, except for the job interview and keyboarding. Each school could enter two students in the typing contest. They could register first-choice and second-choice candidates for the job interview event, with the first choices getting preference based on the number of slots available.

Students were given up to one hour to take each test. The winners were determined by the highest test score. In the event of a tie, the student who finished the fastest was declared the winner.

Bacon won two third-place medals for the Knights. She has won awards in job interviews and corporate communication competitions.

Rikli also left Peru State with a pair of medals. She got fourth place in job interview and corporate communication contests.

Backemeyer won a fourth place in the keyboard competition. Hosier pocketed a fifth-place medal in the entrepreneurship event.

Students in the Business Communication Competition took an exam on their ability to communicate ethically and effectively in a diverse business environment.

Students in the entrepreneurship category took a test on their knowledge of economics. They had to show an understanding of the skills needed to successfully run their own business.

The job interview competition required students to write an application letter, prepare a resume, and go through a formal interview with a human resources professional. They had to include three references with their resume. The judges conducted a ten-minute interview with each student.

The keyboarding competition students had to type documents using the Microsoft Word program. They had to type two separate manuscripts during a pair of three-minute tests. The students who had the fastest speed with the fewest errors won medals. All entries that had more than three errors were disqualified.

Elmwood-Murdock students competed against other teenagers from schools in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. Students who finished in the top five places in each category won medals. The champions of each event also obtained scholarships.

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