Shaw High School recognized with Top Honors at FBLA Nat’l Leadership Conference

Shaw High School students Breonna Bunkley, Kelly Critteden, Alesha Spellman, and Jacob Hairston.
Shaw High School students Breonna Bunkley, Kelly Critteden, Alesha Spellman, and Jacob Hairston.

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - More than 10,000 of America's best and brightest youth traveled to the historic city of Nashville to make some history of their own as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win over $165,000 in cash awards.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), the largest and oldest student business organization, held its National Leadership Conference in Nashville on June 29 – July 2.

Participants from across the United States and two countries were in attendance for this exciting conference to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 60 business and business-related competitive events.

Shaw High School's name was once again known across the country for three different events.

Breonna Bunkley and Kelly Critteden from Shaw High School received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence on July 2. Bunkley and Critteden competed in Partnership with Business and brought home third place. This event recognizes FBLA chapters that develop and implement the most innovative, creative, and effective partnership plan. The purpose of this project is to learn about a business through communication and interaction with the business community.

Also, Breonna Bunkley and Alesha Spellman advanced to the finals round placing them in the top 15 in the nation in Business Financial Plan.

Lastly, Jacob Hairston advanced as a finalist in Future Business Leader, this is both an event and an award and is the most challenging and top award you can receive, placing him in the top 12 in the nation.

Advisers Lakesha Kirkland and Michelle Nichols also took the following students to compete in other competitive events: Charles Durrah competed in Electronic Career Portfolio; Tomica Dyer and Zoie Raters competed in Community Service; and Crystal Williams and Hannah Lawson competed in American Enterprise Project. Open Testing Event competitors were Stedman Calhoun and Kierra Daniels in Social Media and Noah Nichols for Computer Operating System.

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." was the quote of Shaw's FBLA national competitors this year.

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 the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

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