More than 9,600 of America’s best and brightest high school students traveled to Maryland to Elevate Their Futures as they competed for the opportunity to win more than $175,000 in cash awards.
The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference was held June 28 through July 1 in Baltimore. Participants from across the United States and abroad attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 70 business and business-related competitive events.
Montana Fonner and Paige Pethtel from John Marshall High School received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program. Fonner and Pethtel competed in LifeSmarts and brought home 9th place. This event consists of several rounds of examinations, activities and quiz bowl type rounds on topics such as personal finance, consumer rights, health care, technology and environmental resources.
“I am really proud of the girls for achieving this honor. They worked very hard over the last few months to study and prepare for their competition,” said Megan Pintus, JMHS FBLA adviser.
The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational speakers on a broad range of business topics.
In addition, the John Marshall chapter was also recognized as a Gold Seal chapter, an award designated by the state advisers to the chapter in the state which best exemplifies a successful chapter. The chapter also worked throughout the year to become an Outstanding Chapter through completing dozens of activities and tasks. Only two chapters within the state of West Virginia were honored with this recognition.