Parliamentary Procedure Team wins third year in a row
By Katrina England
Reporter, Hart Co. News-Herald
For the third consecutive year, Hart County High School’s FBLA Parliamentary Procedure Team placed first at Nationals in Chicago. It also marks the fifth time they’ve been national champions in the last fifteen years.
The team, composed of Emma Sanders (Vice President), Clara Matteson (Treasurer), Emily Avery (Secretary), Carlee Wilson (Chairperson), and coached by Wesley Waddle, competed against nearly 100 teams.
Parliamentary Procedures are the rules for conducting meetings, and in FBLA it’s a two-part event. Students take a test to qualify, based on a 1,200 question bank, consisting of challenging, high-level content and advanced vocabulary. After the test, students encounter a performance portion where they are given 20 minutes to develop a meeting based on a previously unknown problem. In 20 minutes, they put together a 9- to 11-minute meeting based on the problem and then present it to a panel of judges.
Students are also evaluated on their presentation skills, quality of debate, and overall command of parliamentary knowledge.
This is the second year for Emily and Carlee, and the first year for Emma and Clara. Per National Event Guidelines, students can only compete in this event two years on the national level.
“This year’s win is extra special since it is the first time in three years that students were able to participate in an on-site conference due to the pandemic,” said Waddle. “Overall, while I have been fortunate to work with outstanding students each year, this team’s dedication and willingness to learn and work hard are so impressive.”
Just last August, the HCHS Parliamentary Procedure Teams from 2020 and 2021 were recognized at the Hart County Fiscal Court Meeting for their two previous wins at nationals, and they were also presented with signage for the school grounds denoting their accomplishments.
Emily Avery, Emma Sanders, Clara Matteson, and Carlee Wilson placed first at Nationals for FBLA Parliamentary Procedure. This is the third consecutive year that Hart County’s Parliamentary Procedure Team has won first place. Photo submitted.