FBLA students attend State Conference

FBLA students who attended the Alabama State Competition pictured from the left are: Ethan Gordon, Taylor Woods, Felicia Patel, Courtney Breeding, Bristol Gay, Katie Jett and James Huang. Patel and Huang also qualified to move on to the National Competition later this year. 

Several Lawrence County Career Technical students attended the Alabama Future Business Leaders of America State Competition in Birmingham this April, and two students qualified for the National Leadership Conference, said LCCTC Learning Coordinator Sonia Burden. 

“Only those students who have placed first through fourth during the State Conference are eligible to attend the National Leadership Conference,” said Burden.

Two of LCCTC’s chapter members qualified to attend the National Leadership Conference, which will be held in San Antonio this year. 

James Huang placed second in the Global Business event, and Felicia Patel placed third in Website Design.

“We are very proud of their accomplishments, as they are the only members from Lawrence County that qualified,” said Burden. 

The LCCTC chapter was awarded the District 1 Outstanding Chapter Award and the Gold Seal Chapter Award at this year’s conference.

Burden said the FBLA State Conference allows qualifying members to participate in competitive events, attend leadership development seminars, and participate in professional development sessions each year.

FBLA is a nonprofit educational association of high school students preparing for careers in business or seeking higher educations about the free enterprise system, said Burden. 

“FBLA helps students develop leadership abilities and to prepare them for entry and advancement within a business or business-related occupation,” she added. “Members learn how to engage in business enterprise, how to direct the affairs of a group, and how to compete honorably in competitive events. These activities help prepare students to be better employees and better citizens. Participation in FBLA can have a direct impact on the direction and success of a young person’s career.”

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