Creston Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) was successful at a national level yet again.
The FBLA National Leadership Conference held June 27-30 in Anaheim, Calif., is an annual event for FBLA chapters around the nation. This year held a record-breaking attendance of more than 9,000 attendees including students, advisors and judges.
“We upped our number of members going this year from last year,” said Shannon Smith, supervisor of Creston FBLA.
The Creston FBLA members in attendance at the conference included Michelle Powers, Emily Schroeder, Emily Lange, Emily Wignall, Sarah Waigand, Annette Reasoner, Bree Daggett, Evan Nielsen, Levi Eblen, Jake Wolfe, Ben Mullin, Travis Miller and Maxx Walters.
Last year, Creston FBLA chapter had one conference placement in entrepreneurship. The members of the winning group were Miller, Austin Brunell and Eric Lanning.
This year, the chapter placed in two events: seventh place in digital video production and ninth place in impromptu speaking. The digital video production group members were Walters, Powers and Nielsen. Reasoner was the winning member of impromptu speaking.
The chapter as a whole was recognized with outstanding chapter status. This is the first time the Creston FBLA has received the award. Miller, this year’s chapter president, won the America Award, given to a member who has completed a minimum of 15 activities through their local chapter.
Smith stated the America Award is an honorable achievement that “is not a common award and has only been awarded to six people in the state of Iowa.”
It is the highest award in the Business Achievement Program. The purpose of the program is to incite members to get more involved in FBLA.
Iowa as a whole sent nine events to the conference, and Creston FBLA sent two of them. Three of the members competed in two of the events.
“It is good to see constant improvement in the chapter even though we will have been a chapter for only three years,” stated Smith.
“A lot of people that placed will be here next year,” said Smith, who hopes this will motivate other classmates to join the fast-growing FBLA chapter.
Miller described his favorite part of the trip was “watching three-fourths of the members fall off the segway on the tour (of Huntington Beach).”
Along with receiving the America Award and fun adventures outside of the conference, Miller said the trip gave him a valuable network and it helped him decide to attend the University of Northern Iowa.
According to Miller, it was “a good ending to my high school career.”