FBLA Competes at National Leadership Conference
On Saturday, June 29th, Mrs. Self and five FBLA members departed Chicago O’Hare airport for the 2019 FBLA National Leadership Conference (NLC) in San Antonio, Texas. Competing in Texas were 15,000 FBLA members from all over the country including all 50 states in addition to China, Hungary, Canada, Tanzania, Europe, and others.
The first day of the conference consisted of the opening ceremonies where Sherry Winn, two-time Olympian and National Championship basketball coach, shared her WINNER principles and philosophy.
The following day four of the HSHS FBLA Chapter members competed in events including Griffin Self in Job Interview, Angelina Hedrick in Client Services, and Braden Schrock and Brady Neuhalfen in Emerging Business Issues. Each of these events required the students to perform and interact with their judges. Each of these events had at least 150 competitors vying for the top 10 spots at the National Leadership Conference. Although these students didn’t make the top 10 they received valuable experience and feedback in each of their events. After competing the students enjoyed some time on the Riverwalk and dining at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Day three of the conference was spent attending workshops on various topics such as “Finding the Right University for You”, “Interview Skills for Young Workers”, and “Developing Soft Skills in Future Leaders.” Many of the HSHS FBLA members spent the day watching the top 10 qualifiers in their performance events. From this they learned how to create a better presentation and what judges may be looking for in events which they did not compete at the conference. Along with attending events and workshops the students networked with many other FBLA members trading their state pin and learning more about what FBLA has to offer. That evening the students enjoyed the Riverwalk and dinner at Gourdoughs Restaurant with friends they had made from St. Theresa High School.
The final day at the conference was spent experiencing the beauty of the Comal River tubing with 150 members of Illinois FBLA from Normal Community High School, St. Theresa High School, Wauconda High School, and Mt. Vernon Township High School. After tubing the conference concluded with the Awards of Excellence Program where HSHS FBLA members cheered on Illinois FBLA and those who they had met during the conference from other states.
Before departing the students visited the Alamo and took in the culture at Market Square. The members attending and Mrs. Self would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who supported this journey to the FBLA National Leadership Conference through donations at Casey’s, online through Facebook or with personal checks. Businesses we would like to thank include Birkey’s, Rio Vista, Wilson Insurance, Ryan Anderson, and Edge Studio. A special thank you goes out to the Henry-Senachwine High School Administration and School Board for their support of this wonderful professional experience for our students at Henry-Senachwine High School.