The Grundy County Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently “went back to their roots” at the 2018 State Leadership Conference in Chattanooga. During the three day conference, members attended educational workshops, competed in their chosen event, and networked with students from across the great state of Tennessee. They were not only able to gain business experience and meet potential business partners throughout the trip, but also came home with quite a bit of hardware.
Hopes were high following the chapter’s most successful year yet in the 2016-2017 school year. Last year, 19 students placed, and 17 of them earned the privilege to attend and compete at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. This year, the Grundy FBLA represented our county well at the end-of-conference awards ceremony. Of the thirty-two students that competed, fifteen have advanced to the National level. There were seven different events that they took part in – Business Financial Plan, Cyber Security, Introduction to Business Communication, Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure, LifeSmarts, Parliamentary Procedure (team), and Public Service Announcement.
The following competitors have earned a chance to “Elevate Their Future” at NLC 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland:
Griffin Fountain and Cameron Rogers, second place in Business Financial Plan; Caleb Grimes, second place in Cyber Security; Aly Cummings, third place in Introduction to Business Communication; Taylor Misiolek, second place in Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure; Skylar Hunt and Trevor Sanders, Top 24 Nationally in LifeSmarts; Quaid Anderson, McKenzie Dickerson, Caitlin Ladd, Macey Parsons, and McKinley Thomas, second place in Parliamentary Procedure (team); Canaan Geary, Landon McBee, and Alec Turner, second place in Public Service Announcement; Skylar and Taylar Hunt placed fourth in Scrapbook Hardcopy but are not attending Nationals for this event.
Franklin Cammack, GCHS FBLA advisor, had this to say about the success his organization had, “We took 32 students to competition this year, and 15 has advanced to the National level. I was blown away last year, and am equally surprised this year. We lost a lot of seniors from last year. This group has really stepped it up with everything that was put on them this year.”
Grundy County FBLA again is asking the community for help. They have to raise close to $15,000 to be able to compete at the National level. They are planning several fundraisers and will be collecting donations until the middle of June.