Ever wanted to spend a whole week out of town with friends? This summer, that is exactly what 29 of Seven Lakes High School students did through the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) program. The organization is dedicated to providing resources and premier opportunities to members interested in the business field. Not only does FBLA provide “real-world” experiences, but the club also offers several scholarships and hosts competitions at the district, state, and national levels.
This year, the National Leadership Conference, held in San Antonio, played host to over 8,000 FBLA members from all over the nation. During the tumultuous week, students competed in various events, made new friendships, and participated in the Institute for Leaders (IFL) conference. IFL is a two-day conference that teaches participants skills in leadership through interactive games and dynamic programs. In addition, students and advisers spent their week in theme parks, such as Six Flags and SeaWorld; explored tourist attractions, like the Riverwalk, caverns, and museums; and enjoyed the beautiful city of San Antonio with friends.
The 2012 national competition was definitely a memorable experience for everyone; in fact, Seven Lakes brought home several awards this year. Their marketing team – consisting of members Sanjana Palla, Nathan Agnew, and Rohan Moharir – placed fifth in the nation; and Nalin Chauhan, placed fourth in the business financial plan category. Finally, Seven Lakes received the award for the second largest chapter in the Mountain Plains Region and the outstanding chapter award. As the region’s second largest chapter, Seven Lakes FBLA hopes to continue igniting innovations throughout the year!
By Priyanka Jagannathan, SLHS FBLA Reporter for 2012-2013