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Centralia FBLA wins big at National Leadership Conference

Posted on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 6:54 am

The Centralia chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America is putting Centralia on the map.

Two members and one adviser of the CHS’ FBLA  chapter recently traveled to Baltimore, Maryland for the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference (NLC).

Central High School senior Ben Ray placed 7th at the FBLA national competition.

Central High School senior Ben Ray placed 7th at the FBLA national competition.


Advisor Andrew Reynolds, Adam Petty, chapter president and Ben Ray, attended the NLC, considered by attendees to be the pinnacle of the year, with over 15,000 attendees and 140 competitive events.  Attending students had to qualify after competing at the State Leadership Conference in Springfield, Missouri in April.

This year’s NLC brought of the Star Spangled members to the birthplace Banner – Baltimore, Maryland – for several days of interactive leadership workshops from the American Management Association, MBA Research, and KPMG.  Students also toured the sites around Baltimore and Washington, DC, networked with members from other states and the world, and competed for national recognition and scholarship.

“The conference was an excellent opportunity for me to branch out and learn how to work as a team alongside my fellow interns. The conference allowed me to exercise leadership skills gained through FBLA, and NLC allowed me to grow as a person and business leader,” said Petty, Junior, who participated in an internship with national staff members during NLC

Student competitive events have topics ranging from Accounting to Marketing, Website Development to Personal Finance.  All competitive events are aligned to the standards taught in Missouri classrooms, allowing for an intra-curricular experience to showcase skills taught.  Missouri FBLA brought home 42 Top 10 finishes, with Missouri bringing home 42 Top 10 finishes for a grand total of 126 trophies.

Ray won one of those trophies.

“The competition at NLC was an amazing opportunity to meet and network with other FBLA members from all around the US. Being called up on stage and being among the top ten in the nation for my event was also amazing,” said  Ray, CHS FBLA Vice President of Media and NLC competitor, who placed 7th in the nation in Computer Problem Solving

Centralia was named a National Gold Seal Chapter

Centralia FBLA would like to thank the following businesses for their financial support in helping get us to and from NLC:

Boone Electric Community Trust
The Surgical Center at Columbia Orthopedic Group
Angell & Co.
The Bank of Missouri
Central Bank of Boone County
Mid City Lumber

Without the support of these six businesses our chapter could not have competed in nationals and brought home a top 10 place for the second year in a row.

Missouri FBLA-PBL also brought home numerous awards, including the largest state chapter in the North Central Region and 2nd largest state chapter in the nation.  A highlight of the conference was the election of Amber Raub (University of Missouri) as National PBL Secretary, Kerri Young (Missouri State University) as National PBL North Central Region Vice President, and Eli Amyx (Gainesville High School) as National FBLA North Central Regional Vice President.  This is the second year in the past three years that Missouri is represented in three of the 18 National Offices.