By: Hannah Pendergrast, Contributing Writer
FBLA District Leadership Conference (DLC) took place on Friday, February 7, 2020, at MACC in Moberly. The students participated in events such as Political Science, Impromptu Speaking, Entrepreneurship, Networking Concepts, Public Speaking and Introduction to Business. The Centralia FBLA chapter had 26 members who attended, and 13 students qualified for state.
FBLA State Leadership Conference (SLC) takes place in Springfield, Missouri. Mara Davis, Tyler Edwards, Gabi Exendine, Tommy Foster, Thomas Hudson, David Knight, Joe Lockwood, Thomas Phelen, Ben Ray, Andrew Rish, Margret Stanley, Bradley Werkmeister and Kyle Jennings all qualified to compete in their specific events at the state contest.
Andrew Reynolds, CHS FBLA chapter adviser and business teacher, said, “I’m extremely proud of how our members represented our school and community at districts and can’t wait to see how they do at state.”
Not only do FBLA members attend competitions, but they advance their leadership skills by attending informational activities. Five FBLA officers–Gabi Exendine, Maggie Maenner, Hannah Pendergrast, Ben Ray and Mikaela Woodward–attended IBM Business Day. This leadership experience was called the AGILE/Design Think Student Workshop, and it took place on February 20, 2020.
During this IBM student workshop, the CHS students were introduced to the inner workings of International Business Machines and their mission, as well as a description of AGILE and Enterprise Design Thinking. FBLA CHS students were also joined by SkillsUSA students from CACC. These organizations came together and participated in group activities such as team-building exercises, creating their own social contracts and design thinking that they could later take back and apply to their home schools.