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FFCHS FBLA students compete at international conference


Last updated 7/19/2022 at 3:32pm | View PDF

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Taylor Hodne (from left), Makenzie Patterson, Adviser Dana Kruse, Edgar Sandoval, and Damien Morris take a moment to pose with the Chicago waterfront and skyline during their recent trip to attend the FBLA National Leadership Conference.

Over 10,000 students compete for international awards, scholarships while preparing for careers in business

Fountain-Fort Carson High School students Taylor Hodne, Damien Morris, Makenzie Patterson and Edgar Sandoval attended and competed at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois June 28th-July 2nd. The competition features students from all 50 United States and international chapters from as far away as China. FBLA is the largest career student business organization in the world. Each year, FBLA helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business.

Taylor Hodne and Makenzie Patterson competed in the Community Service Project event and featured their student led chapter project which donated over $900 to the Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center helping local veterans in our community. Taylor will take over Makenzie's job as President of the chapter as a junior next year as Makenzie ventures off to college seeking a degree in business with an emphasis in human resources. Makenzie also competed in Business Management which is a testing and role play event. A plan is already in place for an even larger community service project next year supporting veterans in our community.

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Taylor Hodne & Makenzie Patterson

Damien Morris & Edgar Sandoval competed in the Graphic Design event. They had to create a plan for a men's clothing store including a logo, products and a store layout. Both worked hard on their project learning invaluable skills and experiences. They will both be attending college in the fall with a new outlook on ways they can be successful in the business world. One of FBLA's goals is to help students transition from school into the workplace and this event allowed them to add many skills to their resumes.

FBLA inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. FBLA's programs focus on leadership development, academic competitions, educational programs, membership benefits, community service, and awards & recognition. The organization is recognized by the Association for Career and Technical Education, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, National Association of Parliamentarians, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Business Education Association, and the U.S. Department of Education.

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