The Future Business Leaders of America chapter is preparing for their upcoming Area Leadership Competition in January. FBLA is a worldwide non-profit organization that brings business and education together through competitive events having to do with presentation, computer, and math skills. Eastwood’s chapter is one of the largest, if not the largest chapter in El Paso.
Advisor Shawn Trousdale looks forward to this year with hopes of increasing the number of students competing at state.
“This year at area I hope to increase the number of first place winners,” Trousdale said. “That in turn will increase the number of qualifiers for the state competition in March.”
FBLA National Vice President Ryan James Solis has had a rewarding experience during his four years competing.
“I have traveled to places like Washington, D.C. and Virginia meeting new students across the nation and hearing their stories," Solis said. "I think that’s been one of the greatest opportunities I’ve had thanks to FBLA.”
Solis has also had the privilege of meeting politicians such as our own congressman, Beto O’Rourke.
“We’ve met with people such as Senator Harrison of California or Mr. O’Rourke and that’s increased our ability to speak professionally,” Solis said. “We get to speak to people of high importance and speak to them persuasively.”
Solis hopes to accomplish his goal of establishing the first FBLA chapter in the state of New Mexico soon.
Sophomore Lauren Torres, a two-time state qualifier, feels FBLA has helped her expand her knowledge of the business world and hopes to do well this upcoming January at area.
“You get to learn things that you wouldn’t necessarily learn in a classroom,” Torres said. “I’ve had the opportunity to travel and it’s very exciting because you learn to be independent while competing and meeting new people.”
The FBLA members have been working hard all year and are expecting to represent well at Area. They hope to bring home a handful of certificates and accomplishments.