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Rugby FBLA attends State Leadership Conference

By Staff | Apr 28, 2017

Submitted photo Amber Schmaltz, Rylee Kuntz, (Back) Dessa Denich) and Candidate Jenna Wangler at the FBLA state leadership conference in Bismarck.

Members of the Rugby High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter attended the 50th annual ND FBLA State Leadership Conference in Bismarck, April 2-4, 2017. Over 60 FBLA chapters from across the state participated in this conference, where approximately 1,300 students had the opportunity to test their business skills against other students from around the state.

The most exciting aspect of the conference is the competitive events program. Students have the opportunity to test the business skills they’ve learned in the classroom in a variety of individual, team, and chapter events. Students can enter events such as accounting, computer applications, public speaking, job interview, website development, or business ethics. The culmination of the competitive events program is the awards ceremony where winners are recognized for their accomplishments. In addition to the competitive events program, students had the opportunity to attend workshops, vote for the 2017-2018 state officer team, and network with members from around the state.

As top finishers in both of their events, Jenna Wangler and Sara Bourne have qualified to compete at the National Leadership Conference and Competition from June 27th to July 3rd in Anaheim, California.

Special congratulations for an excellent campaign and victory to Jenna Wangler for her candidacy in the 2017-2018 State Region I Vice-Presidential race. Jenna’s opponents were two gentlemen from Grafton and Grand Forks respectively. Her slogan was “Make YOUR Future Jenna’s Business” with a speech paralleling the FBLA emblem that represents the Eagle, Progress, Education, Future, Business, Leaders and America! Jenna is looking forward to attending the leadership training this summer in Bismarck and will officially begin her position in August.

FBLA is a professional organization for students interested in pursuing business careers. This year’s theme of “A Legacy of Leadership,” reflects the goals of FBLA members, some of the best and brightest of today’s young people. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. To learn more, visit FBLA’s website at www.fbla-pbl.org or ND FBLA’s website at www.nd-fbla.org.

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