Centralia FBLA Chapter Finds a World of Opportunity in Colorado

By: Hannah Pendergrast, Contributing Writer

The CHS FBLA Chapter visited Colorado in November for the National Fall Leadership Conference (NFLC). NFLC took place in three cities around the country this year: Washington, D.C.; Birmingham, Alabama; and Denver, Colorado. This year the Missouri FBLA-PBL chose Denver, Colorado, as their NFLC. The conference took place November 15-16.

NFLC had over 20 states represented and an estimated 4,000 people in attendance. CHS students Mackenzie Whithaus, Abby Hoek, Hannah Pendergrast, Lacey Pavlak and Christopher Marriott attended the leadership conference. The students went to many events, such as the opening and closing sessions with keynote speakers, as well as informational workshops. 

Andrew Reynolds, FBLA advisor and Centralia High School business teacher, acted as both an advisor for the CHS FBLA chapter as well as the charter bus driver on the way to Colorado for the weekend. Reynolds said, “NFLC is an opportunity for students to learn. There are world-class motivational keynote speakers and a great selection of workshops for students to learn new skills and increase their knowledge of career opportunities.” The FBLA members from Centralia reported meeting many new people and learning new skills during the conference. Reynolds said, “With opportunities like this, I always hope students gain a better understanding of the opportunities that are available to them. There are so many job/career/entrepreneurship opportunities out there, and I think visiting another part of the country can help students realize the opportunities available to them.” 

Despite the busy schedule, CHS FBLA members still made time for a trip to the mountains for a skiing excursion. The Otterville, Smithton and Fulton FBLA chapters accompanied Centralia FBLA on the trip.

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