CHADRON – Nearly 100 students participated in the Seventh Annual Best of the West Business Competition at CSC Wednesday. High school students attended from Alliance, Chadron, Hay Springs, Hemingford, Omaha North, Sidney, and Valentine. President Ron K. Patterson delivered the opening welcome.

Spokesperson for the event, Dr. Gary Dusek, said the students were excited about being on a college campus and learning about college life from panel members. The panel consisted of CSC students Alec Langan, Markus Ramsey, Bimal Sah, and April Wagner, as well as Business Academy Assistant Professor Dr. Nic Fisher. Dusek acknowledged staff and students who helped organize the contest.

Photos of winning individuals and teams can be seen online.

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