FBLA students advance to state competition in Houston

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter brought home 25 first place, 13 second place, and 5 third place medals from the Area 2 Leadership Conference in both individual and team-based events. Those who placed first will advance to the state tournament held in Houston, Texas on March 2-5.

Accounting teacher and sponsor, Shawn Trousdale, is proud of the all awards that his students have earned so far.

"They competed with ten other area schools that have FBLA chapters and did very well," Trousdale said. "We had just over 90 students participate, and out of those 90 students, about 45 students won their event, either in an individual competition, or as a team."

Students dedicated numerous hours, after school, before school, and during lunch to prepare for the competition despite the adversity that was to be overcome.

"Being that it is strictly extra-curricular, there's no class period," Trousdale said. "We don't formally meet and the events range from taking a test, to speaking and preparing presentations. It's difficult to get a lot of students together all at once."

Partners, Nick Barrio and Diego Britton, both seniors, placed first in the category of Sports and Entertainment Marketing. Being their second year competing, they were pleased with their achievements despite their lack of ample experience.

"We're really happy with what we accomplished at the competition," Barrio said. "We came in without much experience, and ended up qualifying for state. It was a great win for the team as a whole."

The qualifying students are now preparing for the state competition. Senior Abel Jaquez is proud of how well he and his team did in the area competition and are eagerly anticipating competing in Houston to try and qualify for nationals.

"I feel we did really well and we deserved the first place medal," Jaquez said. "Now it's time to prepare and get ready to compete in Houston at the state competition."