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West Fargo students attend State Leadership Conference

Attending the FBLA Conference from West Fargo were: from left to right: Eric Haugen, Brett Lessard, Jazzmyn Sikich, Raveena Goyal, students, and Rick Anderson, advisor

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 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 were also elected at the conference.

At the opening session of the Future Business Leaders of America Conference Jazzmyn Sikich was recognized as Chapter President and Eric Haugen received the Local Chapter Who’s Who Award for Outstanding Leadership Achievement. Raveena Goyal and Brett Lessard also attended the conference.

West Fargo chapter winners included: Eric Haugen 6th place Impromptu Speaking and 8th place in Economics; Jazzmyn Sikich 4th place Personal Finance; Brett Lessard 1st place Economics and 1st place in Business Law. Brett has qualified for the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif. this summer.

Earlier this year FBLA members competed in Business and Information Technology Day at Valley City State University where Jazzmyn Sikich placed 2nd in Spreadsheets. Eric Haugen placed 1st in Spreadsheets and Brett Lessard placed 1st in Business Law.

FBLA is a professional organization for students interested in pursuing business careers. This year’s theme of “Igniting Innovation,” 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 Future Business Leaders of America advisor.