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WF students attend state FBLA leadership contest

West Fargo students (from left) Mickayla Dvorak, Amy Clark, Matt Prochniak, Jon Pistorious, Jacob Skarsten and  Samantha Arnold, hold up certificates they received while attending the Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference in Grand Forks in late March. Submitted photo

West Fargo High School chapter members of the Business Leaders of America attended the North Dakota FBLA State Leadership Conference in Grand Forks, March 27-29.

More than 50 FBLA chapters from across the state participated in the conference, where approximately 1,250 students had the opportunity to test their business skills against one another.

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.

At the opening session of the FBLA conference, Amy Clark was recognized as Chapter President and Matt Prochniak received the Local Chapter Who's Who Award for Outstanding Leadership Achievement.

The following are the West Fargo chapter winners:

Amy Clark, seventh place Economics; Matt Prochniak, seventh place Business Communications; Jon Pistorious, eighth place Personal Finance; Samantha Arnold, eighth place Accounting II; Jacob Skarsten, seventh place Accounting II; and Mickayla Dvorak, fourth place Accounting II.

FBLA is a professional organization for students interested in pursuing business careers. This year's theme of "Breaking Barriers," 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