Nicholas County High School Recognized with Top Honors
at FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim
(CARLISLE, KY), July 9, 2017—More than 12,000 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 United States 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.
Wilson Switzer from Nicholas County High School in Carlisle, KY received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2. Wilson competed in Spreadsheet Applications and brought home Ninth place. This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate that they have acquired skills for spreadsheet development in business. This event had two parts; an objective test taken in Anaheim and a skills production test taken prior to traveling to Anaheim.
“This was my third year competing at Nationals, so it was a huge honor to make it on stage. I feel it’s a pretty big accomplishment coming from such a small town and school,” said Wilson Switzer, FBLA National Winner.
Bri Barnett from Nicholas County High School in Carlisle, KY received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2. Bri competed in Word Processing and brought home Third place and $100.00. This event also had two parts; an objective test taken in Anaheim and a skills production test taken prior to traveling to Anaheim. This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate acquired word processing skills aligned with Microsoft Office Suite Certification.
“Competing at Nationals was already a major accomplishment, but they called my name to come to the stage, that feeling was indescribable. There are so many students competing, I feel honored to have represented Nicholas County,” said Bri Barnett, FBLA National Winner.
“We kinda always had the attitude that “getting there was good enough”, when we talked about Nationals. When you realize how large of a scale you are competing at, and that more students come home without trophies than with, winning seems almost impossible. However, Nicholas County students always have a way to surprise you and work through the adversity and come out on top. I can’t be more proud of Wilson and Bri, and the other 10 that travelled to Anaheim. This was a trip of a lifetime and just proves what FBLA can do for local students,” said Kim Simons, NCHS FBLA Adviser.
The award was 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. 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.
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, D.C. For more information, visit fbla-pbl.org.