FBLA is Flying to the Windy City

crestThe next generation of leaders in the business world gathered together to “prepare for their future.” The annual Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Competition was held at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, April 13-15. The mission goal was to “prepare for their purpose” in life as well as the business world.

Teens from around North Carolina were dressed in suits and ties, dresses, and blazers under the strict business apparel regulations. They compete in tests based on business topics such as Personal Finance, Business Law and Microsoft Word.

Other members presented speeches and presentations on their accomplishments for the year. The West Johnston FBLA chapter sent fourteen competitors to grasp spots for the National Competition in Chicago, Illinois.

The winners were announced in a long, pageant-like ceremony, lasting over three hours. The winners stood on a podium in the middle of the stage, in front of a cheering mass of students.

“I was in awe. It was uplifting to stand there under the lights with Ms. Fisher standing below, smiling back up at us,” said Veronica Mclean, chapter president and one of the community service project winners.IMG_9248

Two members, Casey Ford and Ariel Andrews, won first place in their competitions for Word Processing and Computer Application. They now have a full paid plane ticket and hotel for the national competition, beating the other 2,000 attendees competing for the top spot.

The FBLA chapter’s community service project placed second out of seven schools. They implemented a Food Drive and held a competition for the school, with an ice cream social prize. Due to their success, they will now send members to present their project once again in Chicago.

Second place allows them to travel to nationals, but not on the State FBLA’s dime. To acquire the funds, adviser Amanda Fisher will contact Dr. Ed Croom, Johnston County’s School superintendent.IMG_6488

If the money is not obtained, they will hold another fundraiser at the Zaxby’s in Clayton.

The club is excited about their success because last year there were only two members who went. This year a total of five girls will pack their bags and take a chance to bring some glory back to the small North Carolina chapter.

The other 20 members of the club will continue to study and participate in community service to prepare for the competition next year. Those who did not place, or were in the top ten like Patrick Finotti and Hailey Emerson, still learned and connected with their work from the past term.

“[It was] inspirational and a great motivator for making me want to do more in my community,” member George Benitez said.