Central Valley High Business Leaders Head to Nationals
Students from Central Valley High School have qualified for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in June by placing at the FBLA State Leadership Conference held April 9-11 in Spokane.
As competitors, they have reached the top of their game. Now, they will compete with the best of the best from around the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Penny Zhang, a sophomore at CV, placed first in Introduction to Business Communication and third in Business Math. Seniors, Randi Wilson, Anna Highley, and Mallory Morgan have qualified to compete in Management Decision Making after placing second in state competition. There are two components in this event, an objective test and a performance component. The top teams, after the objective test, receive a case study of a problem encountered by managers. Team members assume the role of management and present a solution to the case problem.
Competencies for this event include communication skills, critical thinking and problem solving. Jesse Rennaker, also a sophomore, prepared and presented the chapter’s Community Service Project which raised money for the March of Dimes. His report and presentation placed 5th in the competition. Dallan Wagner received awards in two computer technology events, fifth in Technology Concepts and fourth in Networking Concepts. Also making finals and placing in the top 15 in their events were Ivvie Shellhorn and Matt Kougl in Business Ethics and Ivvie Shellhorn in Impromptu Speaking.
The Central Valley FBLA Chapter received the Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit. This award recognizes outstanding local chapters that have actively participated in projects and programs identified with the goals of FBLA.
At the National Leadership Conference, students also have the opportunity to enhance their skills in many areas of business by attending leadership development workshops and seminars. Besides competing in the events that they qualified for by being state winners, students may also choose to compete in the Open Events Program which includes tests in Advertising, E-Commerce, and Leadership.
FBLA is a premier organization for student leaders preparing for careers in business. The mission of FBLA is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership development programs.
The Central Valley High School Future Business Leaders of America adviser is Mrs. Sherry Johnson.
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