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Portage High School’s Future Business Leaders of America program overcame cold-weather challenges to send 30 students to Green Bay for state competition.

Seventy-two Portage students competed in the FBLA regional competition Feb. 2 in La Crosse, including 15 who finished in first place in their respective categories, Portage FBLA adviser Jan Imhoff said.

“We had six days off in two weeks before regionals, and they had to get creative to practice for it,” Imhoff said of the students who used video chat to practice with Imhoff when school was out.

“I’m very excited for them. They worked hard for this,” she said.

Thirty-three schools competed in La Crosse, where Portage FBLA took first place as a team for community service, Imhoff said.

Their service included a Family Winter Fun Day in January, for which FBLA invited elementary students and their families to the school for an afternoon of games, crafts and snacks and raised money for the Portage chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, which builds beds for children.

Portage FBLA students also rang bells at Christmastime for the Salvation Army and volunteered for the school district’s weekend snack program that provides food for hungry elementary students.

FBLA state competition is April 8-9 in Green Bay and nationals will be held in the last week of June in San Antonio, Texas.

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