McDowell NC Students Attend FBLA National Conference

Four McDowell County students received national medals at the recent Future Business Leaders of America national conference held in late June.

According to a news release from Foothills Community School, four Foothills Community School students qualified for nationals by competing in their events at a regional conference in December and then again in March at the state conference in North Carolina.

Every student representing Foothills Community School advanced from the opening round to the final round at the national level, guaranteeing a spot in the top ten in their competition.

The project involved four students from Foothills Community School: Elena Gonzalez, Kassandra Perez, Neil LaFountain and Hadley Davis.

The photo was taken as Foothills Community School students arrived for the Future Business Leaders of America National Conference in Orlando, Fla. They are (from left) advisor Tosha Ramsey, students Kassandra Perez, Neil LaFountain, Elena Gonzalez, Hadley Davis and advisor Katie McFarland.


Below are the results of the conference that took place June 30 – July 2 in Orlando, Florida.

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Annual Chapter Presentation: The students gave the judges a seven-minute presentation of their chapter. It included the fundraisers that were conducted as well as the community service that the entire chapter did.

Students: Elena Gonzalez, Kassandra Perez and Neil LaFountain

How to run an effective meeting: This was a testing event conducted by FBLA. Participants had one hour to complete the test.

Mission and Promise: Participants delivered a three-minute presentation in which they recited the FBLA Oath and reflected on the mission and what it meant to their unit and themselves.

Foothills Community School has been recognized with a Merit Award of Excellence from the State of North Carolina.

According to Foothills Community School, the High School Achievement Award is presented at the FBLA National Leadership Conference to the top 10 states and top 10 local chapters based on points earned and quality of entries.

“I am so proud of the Foothills Community School scholarship recipients,” Tosha Ramsey, the school’s FBLA advisor, said in a statement. “They did a great job, especially since this was our first year competing. More than 16,000 high school and middle school students competed in 78 events.”