Fifteen students in Hockinson High School’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter are moving onto the statewide FBLA competition following their stellar performance at the regional level. On February 3, 20 Hockinson students competed against other regional high schools at the Southwest Region Winter Conference in their respective career-based fields. Hockinson FBLA students competed in 21 events ranging from business calculations to social media strategies. Collectively, they took home 5 first place gold, 6 second place silver, and 3 third place bronze medals. Students are currently preparing to compete in the Washington FBLA State Business Leadership Conference happening in April. This conference will take place over 4 days, and top performers will be advancing to the national competition.
Hockinson High School’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter continues to embody the goals of Career and Technical Education Month throughout their work this semester. FBLA members practice and compete in a real-world business setting and develop professional skills. The chapter’s advisors, Tracy Turner and Eirik Huset, work with students to cultivate their customer service and presentation skills as well as routinely hosting mock interviews. FBLA students learn technical vocabulary and business practices specific to their career interests and have the opportunity to put their learning into practice.
Hockinson High School’s FBLA chapter provides students the opportunity to take on leadership roles by joining the group’s executive team. The group’s president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and underclassmen representative all work together to lead weekly meetings, collaborate on decision making, take on team building initiatives, and also lead study groups.
Future Business Leaders of America, Inc. is the largest business career and technical student organization in the world and has chapters at high schools throughout the nation. The organization aims to inspire and prepare students to become business leaders. Through FBLA, students learn modern and relevant skills that make them more business savvy and career-ready. The organization also provides students with networking opportunities to connect them with other like-minded students, career specialists, and businesses.
FBLA team at the Southwest Region Winter Conference (not all pictured)