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FHS students compete at national FBLA conference

Jul 23, 2018
Courtesy of: Diane Goudy Fairfield FBLA toured the Under Armour Global Headquarters on the Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland.  Students saw the different product lines and  heard about the Under Armour HeatGear Technology  Under-Armour sponsored athletes appear throughout the facility -- including on video walls. It is dubbed a “Sports-Fan Dreamland.”

Future Business Leaders of America of Fairfield High School recently returned from the National Leadership Conference June 28 through July 1 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Nineteen of the 25 qualifying FHS members joined more than 9,600 of America’s best and brightest high school students to attend the Elevate Their Futures Conference.

Participants from across the United States and abroad attended the conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 70 business and business-related competitive events. The national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL 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.

Students and their events included:

• Partners Amiritha Kumar and Claire Pettit, and individual Bryanna Popejoy, competed in Website Design which included information on how to “Get A Job.”

• Lauren Kraemer in Mobile App Development to manage the issuance of books and to provide other information at a school library.

• Destiny Stetson in Public Speaking and Pari Nayak in Intro to Public Speaking focusing on their personal reflection of FBLA goals.

• Clare Else, Claire Epperson, and Abby Schaefer in an Emerging Business Issues presentation on both the affirmative and negative aspects of crowdsourcing.

• Erica Bochmann and Bailey Hird in an Intro to Business Presentation that revolved around the theme, “What is FBLA to me?”

• Cami Schaefer in a Social Media Campaign to create buzz surrounding healthy eating and the opening of a new “fresh food” home delivery service.

• Logan Williams prepared a mock Business Plan for an Indoor Golf and Sports Grill.

• Laurel Hilger in Database Design and Application.

• Evan Huff, Drew Martin, and Kobe Cassens-Navesse as a Banking and Financial Systems Team.

• Liam Wells in Computer Problem Solving objective test.

• Kevin Kretz in Intro to Business objective test.

Helping chaperone the students were parents Reena Nayak and Cathy Else.

Students had the opportunity to tour the global headquarters of Under Armour Inc., an American company that manufactures footwear, sports, and casual apparel. Under Armour is in the former Procter & Gamble building — using names for various areas such as Cascade and Cheer. Those walking inside Cheer are greeted by a giant metal statue of Eric Ogbogu, the famous football player. Fairfield students followed the “tradition” of rubbing his knee for good luck. They were told that 17,000 interns applied for one of the highly competitive 100 positions available. Careers presented themselves in areas such as textile engineering and heat-gear technology.

Some students took a trolley ride of the city and attended a Baltimore Orioles winning game. A few members visited the National Aquarium exhibits starting small with samples of marine life from local waters, and soon finding themselves eye-to-eye with sharks, rays and other very large creatures, as well as a simulated rain forest ecosystem.

The Inner Harbor activities included a group dinner to the Hard Rock Cafe compliments of a local businessperson. Students also could experience various seafood cuisine including crabcakes. On a humorous note, some students learned that pizzas can be ordered, but never arrive.

Diane Goudy, local adviser, said “I am very proud of the members attending. The teamwork skills they showed supporting each other and their preparation was exemplary this year. I have had many FBLA alumni share how valuable their membership has been for them as college attendees and employees. Attending this conference is something they will always remember.

“I would also like to thank the Fairfield community for their mentoring and financial generosity,” Goudy continued. “The community repeatedly shows how they believe in the program and in these students.

“This was my last National Conference as adviser because of my retirement,” said Goudy. “Preparing students and watching them build their skill level was one of the most satisfying aspects of my career. I could just see them extend their comfort zone boundaries and grow in confidence. I know the community will continue to support our students and the new adviser, Deb Matthews.”

The local FBLA Chapter has a Friends of Student Business Leader 501(c)(3) organization for alumni, parent, and community members. This group was instrumental in preparing the students by hosting a Showcase for students to have community members help build their content knowledge and to practice their presentation skills.

In addition, the Friends of SBL lead a fundraising effort for the attending members.

For more information on how to join the organization, contact co-presidents Beth Greiner-Ward or Lindsay Lippincott.

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