This year at ONW, athletic teams aren’t the only ones who are working hard to obtain victory. The FBLA team here at Northwest has a team of three students that have qualified for nationals, taking place all the way in San Antonio, Texas.
FBLA stands for Future Business Leaders of America and exists to help students enter leadership positions in business and prepare them for a career in the business field. With a self-proclaimed mission to “bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs,” it has existed since 1947 and has grown from being rooted in just one state to being spread across the majority of the country. The student organization has three separate chapters- middle school, high school, and college, where students throughout those grade levels may participate in the different events FBLA has to offer.
Considering that there are over 50 events in the program’s competition it is easy for students to find something that they are good at, and work to perform well.
“There are events ranging from digital video to webpage design and presentations about community service projects to marketing and entrepreneurship,” ONW’s FBLA sponsor Mr. Edwards said. “There are performance events, there are knowledge events and there are project-based events”.
The three ONW students who qualified were participating in one of the marketing-based events at the state conference in Topeka that recently took place in March. Taking home a win was no easy task, though. FBLA is the largest student organization in the United States and 3,500 students competed in the state conference alone. Blaze Brayman, Jake Miller, and Kaitlyn Goddard were three of the fourteen students who competed representing ONW, and all three were on the marketing team who won their event after a brief test and presentation. They will be going to compete in the national conference at the end of June in San Antonio, Texas.
While nationals may finish up FBLA’s season for this year, interested students can still get involved when recruitment takes place next year.
“This program is open to all students at Olathe Northwest. You don’t have to be in a business class in order to participate,” Edwards said. “Be sure to look for information in the fall.”