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Local students attend leadership conference

Members of the West Fargo High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter attended the ND FBLA State Leadership Conference in Bismarck. Over fifty FBLA chapters from across the state participated in this conference, where over 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 was 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 could enter events such as accounting, computer applications, public speaking, job interview, website development, or networking concepts. The culmination of the competitive events program was the awards ceremony where winners were 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 were also elected at the conference.

At the opening session Mickayla Dvorak was recognized as Chapter President and received the Local Chapter Who's Who Award for Outstanding Leadership Achievement. Katelyn Bjerke also received the Who's Who Award serving as North Dakota's State Historian. The West Fargo Chapter also received the Membership Achievement Award for FBLA Membership Support and Growth.

West Fargo chapter winners included: Payton Johnson 8th Place Sports Management; Ally Krogh 8th Place Personal Finance; Eric Haugen 6th Place Impromptu Speaking; Jacob Skarsten 9th Place Economics; Brendan Sluke 7th Place Economics; Peter Tran 5th Place Economics; Peter Tran 7th Place Cybersecurity; Eric Haugen 5th Place Accounting; Erin Krogh 2nd Place Accounting also qualifing for the FBLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas this summer.

Earlier this year FBLA members competed in Business and Information Technology Day at Valley City State University where Ally Krogh placed 3rd in Web Page Development; Brendan Sluke 2nd in Web Page Development; Jacob Skarsten 2nd in Spreadsheets; Eric Haugen 3rd in Accounting; and Erin Krogh 2nd in Accounting.

FBLA is a professional organization for students interested in pursuing business careers. This year's theme of "Gateway to Greatness," reflected 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