Killdeer students qualify for FBLA nationals

Killdeer High School students Maleah Schmeling and Elissa Steffan are going to nationals this summer.

The two members of the school’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter qualified for the National Leadership Conference set for this summer in Anaheim, Calif. They did so at the 50th annual North Dakota FBLA State Leadership Conference in Bismarck on April 2-4.

Steffan took second in Excel Spreadsheet competition while Schmeling placed third in the Computer Applications event. Both events consisted of a written test and a timed computer-proficiency test to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.

“Dedication and commitment have paid off for both of these members,” said Deanna Steffan, the Killdeer FBLA chapter adviser.

More than 60 FBLA chapters from across the state participated in the state conference, where approximately 1,300 students had the opportunity to test their business skills against other students from around the state.

The most exciting aspect of the conference is the competitive events program, Steffan said.  Students have the opportunity to test the business skills they’ve learned in the classroom in a variety of individual, team, and chapter events.  They can enter events such as accounting, computer applications, public speaking, job interview, website development, or business ethics.

The culmination of the competitive events program is the awards ceremony where winners are recognized for their accomplishments. In addition to the competitive events program, students had the opportunity to attend workshops, vote for the 2017-2018 state officer team, and network with members from around the state.

FBLA is a professional organization for students interested in pursuing business careers. This year’s theme of “A Legacy of Leadership,” reflects the goals of FBLA members, some of the best and brightest of today’s young people. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. 

This year marks the celebration of the 75th National Leadership Conference. The conference will be held in Anaheim, California on June 29-July 2.

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