By MAEVE GRAY
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed in the State Leadership Conference throughout April.
The FBLA State Leadership Conference (SLC) preceded the Southern Section Leadership Conference (SSLC). These competitions test students on their knowledge and leadership abilities.
According to FBLA advisor Leo Chang, students can receive a variety of different academic benefits by participating. The students who made it into top ten include Renee Wang who got 1st place in Graphic Design, Simone Yu who scored 2nd place in Marketing, Justin Huh who received 3rd place in Sales Presentation, Serena Yang, Edward Chang and Karsten Ma who earned 7th place in Entrepreneurship, Max Lee who achieved 8th place in Introduction to FBLA and Jeremiah Yong who acquired 9th place in Introduction to Information Technology.
“FBLA helps high school students prepare for careers in business through academic competitions, leadership development, and educational programs, and this is a huge accomplishment for our team [to have been able to take advantage of these resources],” Chang said.
For FBLA’s Vice President of Activities junior Justin Huh, he is proud of his team members and is content with the work he has put in to qualify for nationals.
“For me, I believe I did very well and am happy with my performance because everything went smoothly and well. However, I look forward to tweaking my presentation a little bit after reading the judges’ notes, and be able to perform spectacularly at nationals to place at least in the Top 10.”
Furthermore, member sophomore Max Lee felt confident throughout his experience at SLC.
“Although it was challenging from the high levels of competition, I felt very confident in my abilities to compete. I have learned self-motivation and hard work from being involved in SLC and am [content with] the performance I had made.”
Next year, students can look out for the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) conference where they will learn more information about FBLA and its organization.