By SARAH CHUN
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed at its State Leadership Conference (SLC) from April 13 to 15 at the Ontario Convention Center.
SLC is the second level of the FBLA competition season, proceeding the Section Leadership Conference. Competitors aim to qualify for the National Leadership Conference.
This year, freshmen Emma Chang and Carol Li placed fourth in Broadcast Journalism, sophomore Victor Ye placed second in Client Service and sophomore Garren Lee placed fourth in Introduction to FBLA. All four of these members will advance to Nationals.
Co-president junior Melanie Wu says that she is proud of her members’ accomplishments at State.
“Prior to [SLC], I was already expecting our club to do well because of our members’ exceptional performance at Section [Leadership Conference],” Wu said. “I was satisfied after seeing my members’ [hard work] pay off when they placed.”
According to advisor Christina Rouw, the members’ preparation and dedication led to triumph.
“Despite our members being involved in various clubs, activities and [rigorous] classes, they still found time to commit [to FBLA],” Rouw said. “I am very proud of the results, as we have a record-breaking number of Nationals qualifiers.”
Historian sophomore Victor Ye says that SLC provided him with a rewarding experience and is motivated to excel at the national level.
“At SLC, I was able to connect with more [like-minded individuals] and [cultivate] an inner drive for business,” Ye said. “At Nationals, I hope to meet more people and surpass my [current] achievements by studying and utilizing more resources.”
The National Leadership Conference will take place in Baltimore, Maryland from June 28 to July 1.