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Contact: Tennille Allison
Kearney High School Recognized with Top Honors
at FBLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX
Kearney, NE, July 2, 2019—More than 9,500 of America’s best and brightest high school students traveled to Texas to Create. Lead. Inspire. as they competed for the opportunity to win more than $179,000 in cash awards.
The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference was held June 29–July 1 in San Antonio. Participants from across the United States and abroad attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 70 business and business-related competitive events.
Isabella Cao from Kearney High School received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2. Cao competed in Parliamentary Procedure Team Event along with Jency Starr from McPherson County High School and Logan Parde and Scott Tvrdy from Raymond Central High School. They brought home ninth place. Parliamentary Procedure is an event about meeting management based on Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised 11th ed (RONR). The individuals each take an objective test. The test scores are averaged to create the team score. The team must be one of the top fifteen of all teams competing in order to make the final round. The final round is the performance of a meeting based on RONR. The top ten performance teams are recognized on stage at the Awards of Excellence program. The team was coached by Tennille Allison from Kearney High School.
Cao said, “It was a really amazing opportunity to branch out and meet new people, and it changed my perspective on how I view FBLA. I also got to see many new things in San Antonio and I’m ready to work hard and come back next year!”
The Kearney High School Chapter of FBLA was recognized for earning a Gold Seal Award of Merit, an Outstanding Chapter Award, and completing the Chapter Challenge. The Gold Seal Award of Merit recognizes the top chapters within each state. Kearney is one of the top chapters in Nebraska. Outstanding Chapters complete a minimum of 20 tasks listed on the application centered on membership, community service, and education activities. Chapter Challenge is a three phase recognition program including Super Sweeps, Non-Stop November, and Action Awareness. Each phase requires multiple tasks relating to a different focus. Super Sweeps has ten tasks and focuses on recruitment and retention. Non-Stop November has five tasks and is focused on membership involvement. The third phase is Action Awareness and focuses on FBLA-PBL Week, CTSO Month, and America Saves. Kearney High FBLA Completed all three phases earning the Chapter Challenge.
The awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational speakers on a broad range of business topics.
About FBLA-PBL, Inc.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit fbla-pbl.org.