Missouri FLBA Logo18 students qualify for National FBLA Competition Joplin, MO – Thirty members of the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda Chapter from McAuley Catholic High School recently traveled to Springfield, Mo. for the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference. This four-day conference, beginning Saturday, April 12, featured dynamic workshops, innovative keynotes, and professional networking opportunities with Fortune 500 companies for middle school through college students.

Keynote presentations included Laurie Gunderson of Park University and St. Louis speaker Joe Fingerhut. New activities this year included The Hub, an updated central conference activity location, a Springfield Cardinals game, and private tours of MSU sponsored by the College of Business.

“The conference in general has always been engaging and beneficial,” said Madison Szell, a McAuley senior. “I have met several new friends by attending the various workshops offered by different chapters, guest speakers and State FBLA officers. This year, our chapter was able to attend the Springfield Cardinals game and that is always an enjoyable way to spend time with our own chapter and relax after two long hard days of competition.”

Over 5,000 students and advisers came together for the event, with over 150 business education related contests running during the event; contest topics range from accounting to website design, marketing to mobile application development. 2019 marked the largest SLC in Missouri history.

“The contests through FBLA have provided me with the opportunities to better develop my skills in public speaking, confidence and problem solving skills. For four years I have been able to benefit from the organization including building friendships, competing in different events, and it has all showed me how I can be challenged to do the work, but still have fun at the same time.” Rebecca Freitas, senior Overall, McAuley Catholic High School brought home many awards, including:

2nd Place – Emerging Business Issues (Nathan Taylor, Maddy Szell, Johanna Damaso) 2nd Place – Broadcast Journalism (David Green, Johnny Johnson, John Tran) 3rd Place – Public Service Announcement (Ben Borgmeyer, Sydney Martinez, Mary Pham) 3rd Place – Digital Video Production (Dzuy Nguyen) 4th Place – Website Design (Taylor Schiefelbein, Elizabeth Motazedi) 4th Place – Hospitality Management (Johanna Damaso, Claire Lowry, Rebecca Freitas) 4th Place – Client Service (Sydney Martinez) 8th Place – Parliamentary Procedure Team (Madison Childs, Caroline Hunter, Myah Gardner, Jeffrey Horinek, Kennedy DeRuy) 9th Place – Advertising (Nathan Taylor) Super Team – Parliamentary Procedure (Caroline Hunter, Madison Childs, Myah Gardner, Kennedy DeRuy) Gold Chapter of the Year

6 students will be recognized for their community service hours (500+ hours per student) Missouri FBLA-PBL, a chartered member of National FBLA-PBL, is a registered 501(c)3. Their mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Missouri FBLA-PBL membership exceeds 15,500, making it the second largest state chapter of the organization in the nation and the second largest CTSO in Missouri.

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