FBLA members attend national conference in California
The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference was held June 29–July 2, in Anaheim, California. Participants from across the United States and abroad attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 70 business and business-related competitive events. Grundy County High School’s FBLA chapter had the opportunity to send 17 students to participate at this prestigious competition.
To be able to participate at that National level, students had to place in the top four in the state at the State Leadership Conference in March. Since then, students have worked hard to prepare to take on the best from across the country. While , Grundy students competed in eight different events including Parliamentary Procedure, Banking and Finance, Journalism, Commuter Problem Solving, Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure, Business Ethics, Lifesmarts, and Graphic Design. In addition, they participated in a number of workshops focusing on leadership skills, college readiness, community involvement, and the changing world of business.
“I am incredibly proud of our students,” said advisor Franklin Cammack. “To make it to this level took an incredible amount of work and determination. To many of our students, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I am so happy to have helped make it happen.”
A few students took this opportunity to build upon their own legacy. Hunter Ladd passed a National Industry Certification test and can now be called a Microsoft Office Specialist in Word. Summer King and Alexa Fults had the honor of being regional voting delegates where they decided on the future of the national organization.
To some of these students, it was about first time experiences.
“My first FBLA nationals trip was an unforgettable experience, “said Macey Parsons. “I’m glad I had the opportunity to go across the country to meet new people who enjoy the same organization as I do and to compete with my team at the next level.”
To others, this was about finishing their high school experience.
“My past four years in FBLA have been so much fun, but this year was by far the best. I am very happy I was able to experience such a great place with such a great organization, even after graduation. Through this club I have gained many life skills that I will continue to use forever,” said Alivia Jade Fann.
Of the 17 students who competed, 12 of them will return to attempt to make it to next year’s nationals in Baltimore, Maryland.
“We would like to thank everyone for their support,” said Cammack. “To take this many students to Nationals was a huge financial burden. Thank you to the Grundy School Board, all of the individual city councils, and to the community. None of this would have been possible without you.”