FBLA students win at nationals
More than 10,000 of America’s best and brightest youth, including six from Fairfield High School, traveled to the historic city of Nashville, Tennessee, to make some history of their own as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win $165,000 in cash awards.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, the largest and oldest student business organization, held its National Leadership Conference June 29 through July 2 in Nashville. Participants from across the United States and two countries were in attendance to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks and participate in more than 60 business and business-related competitive events.
Fairfield High School students earning the right to attend due to state placement were: Nathan Davidson, Zach Martin, Jordan Reid (banking and financial systems team); Makayla Kessel (public speaking II); Allison Angstead (client service); and Sara Adam (help desk).
In addition, the sports and entertainment management team of Alex Shier, Joseph Hietpas and Riley Hammel attended. The team received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence July 2 bringing home ninth place.
The team took a cooperative objective exam and placed in the top 15 in the nation for final recalls. Then the team had to present an actual case study solution in front of a team of judges.
At least 80 teams were vying for top honors in that competitive event.
Shier, a member of the entertainment management team, now is a two-time national winner, having placed in the marketing competitive event last year.
In addition, Hietpas received the America Award, which is the highest level of the Business Achievement Awards Program. He completed many activities, gave speeches, made presentations, was highly involved with the FBLA chapter at FHS and attended many state and national conferences.
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 the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.
“I got to meet many people, see many places and do many things,” said Hammel. “It was an amazing opportunity I am glad I got to experience.”
Serving as chaperones for the trip were Kevin and Joanne Hietpas. Diane Goudy, local FHS advisor, planned and accompanied the students for the national conference. “It’s awesome that Fairfield brought home one of the five Iowa awards,” said Goudy. “The students were great.”
Community members who helped students with their national events were: Ron Haines at MidWestOne Bank, Amber Stump-McDowell at Libertyville Savings Bank, Gilberto Rodriguez at Sky Factory and Jean Craig of Toastmasters. Jane McMahon was a mentor to the sports and entertainment management team.
Additional community members who would like to mentor students are welcome, said Goudy.
Two local businesses also made a donation to the chapter for expenses, and that was much appreciated, added Goudy.
Any FHS student desiring to improve leadership and service skills should strongly consider joining the FHS FBLA chapter in the fall, encourged Goudy. Business skills are increased, but students definitely do not have to plan to pursue business as a major in college, she added.
This will be the ninth year for FBLA at FHS.
Visit www.fbla-pbl.org or contact Goudy at email@example.com for more information.