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Ithaca FBLA National Results

On Tuesday, June 27 four Ithaca High School students, Diego Ortiz son of Kris Ortiz, Julia Schoen daughter of David & Kathleen Schoen, Therese Honer daughter of Tim and Karen Honer, and Austin Durst son of Adam & Ann Durst set out on a journey to Anaheim, California with their advisor Connie Jump to attend and compete at the FBLA National Leadership Conference held at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Wednesday began with the students attending the Institute for Leaders Conference, learning the facets of great leadership along with gaining knowledge on what it takes to become a great leader and entrepreneur. This conference concluded on Thursday afternoon with a short graduation ceremony. Friday morning began the FBLA National Leadership conference. This was a day of competitive events and workshops. Austin tested in Microsoft Office Excel and Therese took a 100 question objective test in Business Communication. Later that day, Julia and Diego along with 122 other competitors, presented their Business Presentation titled, “Why should businesses become involved in judging FBLA Competitive Events” during the preliminary round. The top 16 were invited back on Saturday, to present in front of three different judges for the final round. Julia and Diego made the top 16 and presented again on Saturday morning.

Saturday afternoon the students were able to relax a little and attended Disneyland. Sunday they went to Huntington Beach enjoying the sunshine and ocean. Sunday evening the awards ceremony at the convention center was held. Students who were placed in the top 10 were called to the stage to receive their awards and cash prices. While Ithaca was not represented on stage, this year, they had an outstanding time and learned very valuable information from attending this conference and competing at this level of competition. They look forward to working very hard next year so that they may again attend the national conference which will be held in Baltimore, Maryland next June. Ithaca’s students would like to thank everyone that made this trip possible. Ithaca FBLA Advisor Connie Jump said, “Without the generous contributions from our school, community in Ithaca as well as in Richland Center, the dream of attending a national FBLA conference, would not have become a reality.”