FBLA Travels to Worlds of Fun for the SMLC

 By: Alyson Rackley, Contributing Writer

Centralia High School’s Future Business Leaders of America traveled to Kansas City last month to participate in a rewarding leadership conference at Worlds of Fun.

On October 5, 2019, the CHS FBLA members went to Worlds of Fun for the Missouri FBLA Show-Me Leadership Conference. Around 400 members from around the state attended this conference, which is one of three SMLC opportunities available to FBLA chapters.

Mr. Andrew Reynolds, FBLA adviser, believes this trip was beneficial for his students. “It’s a great opportunity for students to learn about the business of amusement parks, hear from guest speakers, learn more about the March of Dimes, have the opportunity to win a gift card by placing first in one of six different tests and have a great time riding rides.” 

Fifteen Centralia FBLA members attended the activity. The members gained insight about what amusement parks contain. Students gained informative insight about what an amusement park manager does on a daily basis. They also learned about what type of jobs are available at amusement parks. Additionally, members also had the opportunity to listen to a total of nine guest speakers. A family of four spoke about the March of Dimes and how it helped them. The amusement park workers also talked to the members about what their jobs entail.

Last year’s state FBLA officers wrote a grant so they could bring in a family in to speak about the March of Dimes. March of Dimes is a non-profit organization that works to improve the health of mothers and babies. The grant allowed the members to hear from a family that had children who were born early and how they benefited from the organization. 

Reynolds said, “This conference is a great opportunity to learn about the side of amusement parks that most people don’t think about.” He said that hearing about the kinds of jobs that are available and listening to the managers in those positions talk about their experiences was beneficial for his students.  

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