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FBLA Heading to National Conference

FBLA Heading to National Conference

Thirty Canby High School FBLA members were among over 1,400 of Oregon's best and brightest youth who travelled to Portland to showcase their talents as future business leaders at the Oregon FBLA State Leadership Conference on April 6-8th. Nine students placed in the top 3 for either their individual or group competitions to earn a spot at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA from June 26th -July 3rd.

Tonya Boustead, Canby high school business teacher and FBLA Advisor, encourages students throughout the year to get involved in FBLA and also helps prepare students for their competitive events. Boustead explained, "If a student can succeed at the District Skill Conference, then place at the Oregon State Business Leadership Conference, they are eligible to represent Oregon at the National event." Nine students from Canby High School did just that with a top three placing at state. "I'm so proud of all of our students who made it to state and look forward to watching those who are moving on to the national level compete in June," said Boustead.

Seniors Lauren Thomas, Taylor Heidema and Brooke Glenndenning let their experience shine in their Global Business event as they clinched a 2nd place finish overall and also earned a spot at Nationals for their 3rd year in a row. They are unable to attend the National Convention this year due to prior commitments.

Marketing team juniors, Jack Bigej, Luke Scott and Garrett Netter competed both in testing and impromptu speaking to come out on top with a 1st place finish out of 20 teams to secure their third year in a row as National contenders. "We prepared ahead as much as we could for our competition and it paid off," said Jack Bigej. The marketing competition involved all three team members taking an individual test on marketing, which made up 50% of their score. They then were given a marketing scenario right before their presentation at state and had 20 minutes to prepare as a team before they presented their marketing plan to a panel of judges.

A first year Business Ethics team made up of sophomores Eliza Swackhamer and Trevor Taylor rounded out the group awards for Canby with a 3rd place finish out of 25 competing teams to lock in their first trip to the National convention.

Canby FBLA members with top honors in individual events include Sebastian Mendivil, who placed 1st in Intro to Business Procedures, Eliza Swackhamer who placed 3rd in Intro to Business Procedures, and Luke Scott who placed 2nd in Advertising, all earning a spot at the National Conference.

Here is a list of other Canby FBLA members who were honored at State with Top 10 finishes:

About Oregon FBLA:

Oregon FBLA is the premier organization for student leaders preparing for careers in business, management, entrepreneurship and technology. The State Business Leadership Conference (SBLC) is the premier event for Oregon's FBLA members, teachers and business supporters. The conference took place in Portland from April 6-8th and included incredible training, intense competition, and inspiration for future leaders. Top performers at the SBLC will advance to the National Leadership Conference in June, held at the Anaheim Convention Center for 2017.

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