East Valley and Freeman FBLA Members Make Strong Showing at 2019 National Conference

From June 27 through July 3, FBLA members from East Valley and Freeman were honored to attend the 2019 National FBLA Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Over 12,000 students from across the U.S., Canada and abroad competed at this prestigious conference. To compete at nationals, students must first qualify for state by finishing in the top six in the region and then finish in the top four at the state leadership conference held in April in Bellevue.

The Freeman Scotties were represented by seniors Sage Aldendorf and Johnny McGuire, who teamed with junior Bailey Coumont, and competed in Public Service Announcement. Also representing Freeman was sophomore Masha Stuart, who competed in Introduction to Public Speaking.

The East Valley Knights were represented by senior Josh Strebeck, competing in Help Desk, and junior Grace Smith, who competed in Management Information Systems.

All six members performed admirably in their competitions and truly represented their chapters, their individual schools, and Washington state in an outstanding manner! Qualifying for nationals is a feat in itself. Only 2% of all Future Business Leaders of America members earn the opportunity to compete at the national conference. 

Although it was a lot of hard work to make it to nationals, the conference wasn’t all work, no play. While in Texas, the students, along with Advisors Bret Kiefer (EV) and Scott Moore (Freeman), found some time to enjoy the area. In addition to competing and having the opportunity to attend inspirational seminars and educational workshops, the group took the time to visit many of the historical, educational and entertainment areas in the region. They visited the Alamo and the famed Riverwalk, in addition to spending a day at Six Flags, racing cars at Mario Andretti Racing Experience, and skydiving in a simulation at Ifly. It was an exciting and exhausting trip, one that will not soon be forgotten.

The students were very fortunate to have earned this trip and to have such a fantastic time during this FBLA experience. “FBLA provides a great learning opportunity for our students,” explains Scott Moore, Freeman High School’s FBLA advisor. “It gives students a way to get involved and build self-esteem while developing leadership and communication skills in a fun and exciting environment. FBLA promotes competitive spirit as it teaches students about the essential components of business.” All of the members did a fantastic job at nationals, further developing their business and leadership skills while representing their respective schools in a very positive and professional manner! The advisors were very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with all of the quality students that earned this trip. All and all, it was a fast-paced, exciting, educational and fun experience!

This award is part of a competitive events program sponsored annually by Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL), a professional association for students pursuing business careers. Individuals, local chapters, and state teams compete in over 65 specialized events representing a range of business, career, and leadership development activities. The winners of these highly competitive and prestigious awards are selected from among FBLA’s membership of over 250,000 students and advisers and represent some of the best and brightest of today’s youth. There are over 12,000 chapters, including students from the United States, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Guam, the Cayman Islands, and even China. Washington State entered numerous students in competitions with a number of them placing in the top 10 in various events. This year’s national theme, “Elevate Your Future” reflects the goals of FBLA members, some of the best and the brightest of today’s young people. There were over 12,000 attendees at the 2019 National Leadership Conference, making it one of the largest FBLA leadership conferences ever.

FBLA is the premier organization for students preparing for careers in business. It is the largest and oldest student business organization in the world! The mission of FBLA is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Members gain a competitive edge for college and career successes by attending conferences and competing in various areas in business. Parents, teachers and business people can also join FBLA as professional members. For more information regarding this trip, or FBLA in general, contact the advisor at East Valley or Freeman.

Pictures:

Together – Josh Strebeck and Grace Smith, East Valley; Johnny McGuire, Sage Aldendorf, Masha

Stuart, Advisor Scott Moore, and Bailey Coumont, Freeman; Advisor Bret Kiefer, East Valley.

East Valley – Josh Strebeck, Advisor Bret Kiefer, Grace Smith.

Freeman – Johnny McGuire, Sage Aldendorf, Masha Stuart, Advisor Scott Moore, Bailey Coumont.