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Students attend FBLA leadership conference

Back row from left, Deion Heinen, Shelby Larsen, Taylor Lugert, Alex Talley and Derrick Morris. Front row from left, Garrett Thompson, Griffin Sauvageau, Raveena Goyal, Jarrett Meester and Luke Morman. Submitted photo

Members of the West Fargo High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter attended the North Dakota FBLA State Leadership Conference in Grand Forks, March 30 – April 1.

Over 50 FBLA chapters from across the state participated in this conference, where approximately 1,300 students had the opportunity to test their business skills against other students from around the state.

The most exciting aspect of the conference is the competitive events program. Students have the opportunity to test the business skills they’ve learned in the classroom in a variety of individual, team and chapter events. Students can enter events such as accounting, computer applications, public speaking, job interview, website development or networking concepts. The culmination of the competitive events program is the awards ceremony where winners are recognized for their accomplishments. In addition to the competitive events program, students had the opportunity to attend workshops, business tours and college tours. A new team of state officers was also elected at the conference.

At the opening session of the Future Business Leaders of America Conference, Raveena Goyal was recognized as chapter president, Luke Morman received the Local Chapter Who’s Who Award for outstanding leadership achievement, and Rick Anderson for serving as their adviser. West Fargo also received a plaque for largest percentage of increase in local chapter membership with over a 250 percent increase.

Over 1,300 FBLA members from 50 chapters across the state competed this weekend at the FBLA State Leadership Conference.

The following students placed at the conference:

In insurance and risk management, Garrett Thompson placed seventh; in economics Luke Morman placed 10th, Raveena Goyal placed eighth and Griffin Sauvageau placed sixth; in business math, Jarrett Meester placed fifth and Taylor Lugert placed third; in business law, Shelby Larsen placed ninth and Taylor Lugert placed fifth; in accounting, Raveena Goyal placed ninth, Griffin Sauvageau placed seventh and Jarrett Meester placed first. J Meester and Lugert have qualified for the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn., this summer.

Earlier this year, FBLA members competed in an emerging business leaders competition at Valley City State University where Tiana Votava placed third in accounting, Garrett Thompson placed third in business finance, Alex Talley placed second in impromptu speaking, Jarrett Meester place second in accounting and second in accounting applications, Derrick Morris and Deion Heinen placed first in sports and entertainment, Shelby Larsen placed first in business law and ethics, Luke Morman placed first in economics and personal finance, and Raveena Goyal placed first in accounting applications.

West Fargo DECA and FBLA students placed second overall in the competition.

FBLA is a professional organization for students interested in pursuing business careers. This year’s theme of “Excellence in Action” reflects the goals of FBLA members, some of the best and brightest of today’s young people. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. To learn more, visit FBLA’s website at or contact Rick Anderson, West Fargo High School’s Future Business Leaders of America advisor.