By Sofia Zaldivar
|Photo Credit: Wes Koser|
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) had its State Leadership Conference on April 8 to April 11. Participants were assigned to (1) take the test in their business knowledge or (2) be qualified to compete in events. Advisor Mr. Wes Koser and participants got to stay at Hershey Lodge.
Clarice Cook is a junior who participated in States for Publication Design along with group members Katie Madson and Riley Radosavich. The group ranked fifth by completing their task of creating a fresh food delivery system for families with dietary needs. Ahead of time, they created a PowerPoint, business cards, three promotional products, a poster, website, and social media account to advertise their company. At the competition, they competed with two teams from each region totaling over 30 regions from the state.
Dante Requena, a junior who participated alongside Justin Pallante and Evan Conklin, was ranked tenth. Unlike Clarice, Dante took the Marketing test. Out in Hershey, however, there was a communication mix-up that put a damper on their team’s results. He explained, “We were finalists, but we didn’t know, so we missed our event and were disqualified.” Overall, he felt that “it was a really fun time.”
Makenna Ehrlich, also a junior, was ranked second for the Insurance and Risk Management test. Surprisingly, she didn’t feel like she studied as much as she should have for the test. To prepare, she said she made some flashcards and studied them twice.
She said that the test seemed fine when she started, but the middle of the test made her feel like she “should have read over more things.” Because of that, she felt like “it could [have gone] well or it could [have gone] really badly.”
Even through that obstacle, Ehrlich placed second, scoring only two points lower than a student from Parkland who placed first. As her prize, she got a plaque and advances to Nationals in Baltimore. For Nationals, she says that she is definitely going to prepare more for it since she’s very competitive and “would love to win.” Jokingly, she added, “I don’t think I can wing it the third time!”