More than 10,600 of America’s best and brightest high school students traveled to Maryland to “Elevate Their Futures” as they competed for the opportunity to win more than $175,000 in cash awards.
The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference was held June 28–July 1, in Baltimore. 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.
Trevor Sanders and Skylar Hunt from Grundy County High School received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 1. Sanders and Hunt competed in Lifesmarts and brought home fifth place in the nation. The Lifesmarts event challenges students to integrate multiple areas of business knowledge and skills, using critical-thinking skills and teamwork during the competition in a series of head-to-head matchups.
“I am incredibly proud of Trevor and Skylar. Trevor told me his freshman year that he would place at Nationals and in his very last competition of his high school career he did just that,” said Franklin Cammack, FBLA Advisor.
These are not the first national winners that Grundy County High School has had under Cammack. Alex O’Neill picked up six National wins between 2008 and 2011.
The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational speakers on a broad range of business topics.
Grundy County had 15 students compete at the national level, more than any other school in the state of Tennessee.
About the chapter itself Cammack said, “I’m proud of my students for overcoming the obstacles that were in front of them this year to get to this level. The community has been extremely supportive of us and I hope they continue to support these kids.”