On April 19-22, 19 members of the Walla Walla High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), attended the annual FBLA State Business Conference in Spokane, Washington after qualifying at the Regional Winter Conference earlier this year.
Eight Wa-Hi students, having placed top four in their events, are now eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference this summer in Anaheim, California. Senior Grace McKeirnan placed first in Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Excel and Spreadsheets and third in Computer Applications. Sophomore Natalie Manny took first place in MOS Word. Junior Andrew Dutton managed to reach second place in Computer Applications. Juniors Katie Leinweber and Lauren Bergman finished first in Business Ethics. Sophomore Emily Johnson placed second in MOS Word. Sophomore Missy Manny placed second in MOS Excel. Claire McKeirnan placed fourth in the Intro to Business Communications and third in MOS Excel.
In addition, many Wa-Hi participants were able to secure a place within the top ten finishers in several events. Lauren Bergman placed fifth in Advertising, Andrew Dutton placed sixth in Database Applications, freshman John Paul McKiernan placed sixth in MOS Word, Missy Manny placed sixth in Computer Applications and Emily Johnson placed seventh in Spreadsheet Applications.
Besides competing in the other events at the conference, all FBLA students took three on-site open exams in which two Wa-Hi students were able to place in the top ten for the given assessment.
Grace McKeirnan placed second in Catering Hospitality and sixth in Real Estate. Hannah Peha placed third in Catering Hospitality as well as seventh in Green Business. In the Sales Presentation event, senior Yordi Garcia qualified to advance toward the final stages of the competition, but was not able to place in the top ten.
Walla Walla High School offers FBLA as an extracurricular activity; it has several different aspects that cumulatively, make it a program with just about something for everyone. Whether it be taking tests concerning numerous business related topics, producing a video or constructing a presentation, the Washington FBLA program consists of over 70 different competitive events. Among these events include both team and individual activities in which one can take part in, depending on the qualifications for each event.
For more information, visit www.wafbla.org or talk to Bernard Ma.