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RHS students attend FBLA national leadership conference

By Staff | Jul 26, 2019

Rugby High School FBLA members (left to right) Jenna Wangler, Rylee Kuntz, Trenton Sanford and Megan Schmaltz take a photo prior to competitions. Submitted photo

Members of the Rugby High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter attended the FBLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas, June 27-July 3. This year there were 300 students and chaperones from North Dakota in attendance as well as 13,000 students from FBLA chapters around the United States, Puerto Rico, Haiti, China and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

All students who compete at the national level do so because they have placed in the top four in their respective events at the state level. There are over 80 individual, team, and chapter events. Rylee Kuntz and Jenna Wangler competed in the Personal Finance event and Trenton Sanford competed in the Computer Problem Solving event. Recently, the National Leadership Conference was opened to the FBLA Middle Level (grades 5-8) division. Middle Level contestants that place first at the state competition are eligible to complete at the national level; Megan Schmaltz (8th grade) completed in the Business Etiquette event. Megan is the first Middle Level student from Rugby to attend nationals. Congratulations to Jenna Wangler who was awarded the pin for achieving the “America” level of the Business Achievement Activities. She is the first student from Rugby High School to achieve this award.

On July 2nd the NLC Awards of Excellent Program recognized the top 10 winners in each event, calling them on stage and recognized them for their accomplishments. Corporate donors provide cash prizes and scholarships for the top four place winners in each event and 5-10 places receive medals.

In addition to the competitive events program, students had the opportunity to try their skills at “open events” attend excellent workshops, network, visit exhibit booths, shop at the FBLA Market Place store, submit bids at the silent auction, and visit the campaign booths of students running for national offices. By donating $5 we all participated in the March of Dimes walk for babies. As a chapter, we had the opportunity to do some site seeing and experience what San Antonio had to offer. We especially enjoyed the river walk and all its shops and restaurants, the Alamo audio tour, the Hop on Hop off (double decker) city tour, Six Flags, I-Max theatre, Go Rio River Cruise and were winners in the “Bank Heist” at the Escape Room. A very special thank you to Mrs. Lori Wangler who served as a RHS chaperone and assisted with the on-line testing event at NLC.

FBLA is a professional organization for students interested in pursuing business careers. The 2018-2019 theme of “Create. Lead. Inspire,” reflected the goals of FBLA members, some of the best and brightest of today’s young people. Its mission is to inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. To learn more, visit FBLA’s website at www.nd-fbla.org.

If you are interested in business, leadership, enjoy challenges, fundraising and competition then you should join the RHS FBLA chapter for the 2019-2020 school year today! Stop by the school and pick up an application. If you need more information, please contact the advisor, Mrs. Paola Trottier, at: paola.trottier@k12.nd.us.

The theme for the 2019-2020 is: A World of Opportunity.

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