WAHS Recognized with Top Honors at FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA
More than 9,600 of America's best and brightest high school students traveled to Southern California to establish their own Legacy of Leadership as they competed for the opportunity to win more than $170,000 in cash awards.
The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference was held June 29 - July 2 in Anaheim. Participants from across the US and abroad attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 70 business and business-related competitive events.
Emerging Business Issues
Stephen Torres and Travis York, rising seniors at Wallenpaupack Area High School in Hawley, received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2. Torres and York competed in Emerging Business Issues and brought home ninth place. The event of Emerging Business Issues provides FBLA members with an opportunity to develop and demonstrate skills in researching and presenting an emerging business issue. The event is a team event. This year’s topic revolved around the increasing demand for instantaneous information in today’s business world - specifically cloud computing. The team of Torres and York presented the pros and cons regarding cloud computing.
Social Media Campaign
Giulianna Iona and Courtney Mooney, also rising seniors at Wallenpaupack Area High School, received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program. Iona and Mooney competed in Social Media Campaign and brought home fifth place. The team had to create the social media campaign for an upcoming, original television series or member movie, that was "G" rated. Then they had to use a minimum of three social media platforms to market the original concept. Iona and Mooney chose to go the original member movie route. Iona and Mooney’s original movie concept was called "The Misfits". It was a coming-of-age film that an entire family could enjoy. Three kids, who often found themselves alone, struggled to fit in at school. Eventually they discovered each other and became the closest of friends, despite their apparent differences.
For the first time in Wallenpaupack FBLA history, at the Awards of Excellence, one of their own was inducted into national office. Rising senior, Adam Sands ran, and was elected to the position of FBLA Eastern Region Vice President. Sands is also the 2017-2018 PA State Treasurer, as well as the PA FBLA Region 22 Vice President.
These awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. The Wallenpaupack FBLA Chapter traveled to Anaheim with 10 seniors who had just graduated, the week before. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational speakers on a broad range of business topics.
In addition to competing, WAHS FBLA members (24 in total), were able to see the sights of Anaheim, and the surrounding areas. Along with 600 members from the PA FBLA delegation, WAHS FBLA members visited Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, the Sunset Strip and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The trip was the perfect mixture of business and pleasure.
About FBLA-PBL, Inc.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. For more information, visit fbla-pbl.org.