This summer Kearney High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Over 9,000 of America’s best and brightest competed for the opportunity to win more than $179,000 in cash awards. Participants from KHS included Mia Kegley, Abi Sheen, Allison Sheen and Harish Yerra.
Abi Sheen and Mia Kegley competed in the event Parliamentary Procedure and received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2nd for earning fourth out of the nation. Parliamentary Procedure is an event about meeting management based on Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised 11th ed (RONR) in which the students then take a test seeing how well then know the information. Scores of each member on the team are averaged creating the team score. The finals then include inducting a meeting with your team based on meeting normalites based on Robert’s Rules. All of the top ten teams are then recognized on stage at the Awards of Excellence program. Along with receiving fourth in Parliamentary Procedure the Kearney High School Chapter also received the Outstanding Chapter Award, Gold Seal Award of Merit, and was recognized for completing the Chapter Challenge.
With the students was FBLA advisor Mrs. Tennille Alison who served as a competitive event coordinator. Mrs. Alison describes FBLA nationals as a way for students to “take away networking connections and professional development from conferences. When attending a national conference, there are over 10,000 people in attendance, so student have the opportunity to meet people from across the world. The professional development includes practice in communication, leadership, and other business skills that are not necessarily taught in a classroom. It is a real world situation and students learn to navigate a new area with new people.” Competing in FBLA clearly has some payoffs for students. Participants learn new workplace skills including teamwork, communication, problem solving, leadership, resourcefulness, service, etc. One of the biggest payoffs for students is to be recognized academically at not only the state level but also the national level.