The club of Future Business Leaders of America is preparing for the district competition that it has competed in for the past several years. This year, the competition will be held on the 16th of February. Students are able to compete by taking individual tests or by presenting in front of a room of judges.
FBLA director Kelsey Anderson is going into her second year of FBLA competitions. Mrs. Anderson was asked how she feels going into this year after the success from last year.
She answered, “Last year was a great year, filled with a lot of success for FBLA. We had over 20 students qualify for state competition and one of our teams even qualified to compete in Anaheim, California, at FBLA Nationals. I am equally excited about this year and what the students will bring to the table. We have a large number of participants signed up and I was very impressed with the number of freshmen who stepped up to the plate for tests/events. I am optimistic that the students’ hard work will pay off.”
Mrs. Anderson was also asked how competitors plan to prepare for their events. She responded, “I feel like the students have had more time to prepare this year as we signed up for our events a month earlier than last year. Any students taking objective tests have the ability to check out a folder of study materials for each particular test they are taking. These folders are updated from year to year and include test objectives, practice tests, and past district/state tests.”
She continued: “For anyone who is participating in a presentation event, we are going to be holding practice sessions both before and after school. I always think it is helpful to practice in front of a live audience as much as possible when you are doing any type of presentation. As with anything, I feel that you will get out of it what you put into it.”
Senior President of FBLA Liz Hughes is taking a Healthcare Administration test and is also presenting over the subject of Hospitality Management. This year will be Liz’s third year competing at the district level, having made it to state the past two years, and to the national convention her sophomore year.
Liz was asked what her goals and expectations are for this year. Liz replied by saying, “My goals and expectations for this year are to make it to the state convention in both of my events that I am participating in. I think it would also be a memorable senior year to make it to the national convention once again with my team performance event.”
Freshman Hannah Rethemeyer stated, “I am both excited and nervous for districts. I have heard my older brother Joseph talk about how fun it is, and I am excited to see how I place.”
FBLA’s goal is to send as many competitors as possible to the state convention this year to continue their success.