Centennial Students Recognized with Top Honors at FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim
Posted on 07/13/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Centennial Students Recognized with Top Honors at FBLA National Leadership Conference in AnaheimThe Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference was held June 29–July 2 in Anaheim. More than 9,600 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.  Centennial High School students Preston Stuhr, Garrett Richters, Justin Heine, and Logan Johansen all qualified and attended the conference.  Heine competed in the Agribusiness competition and Johansen competed in the Microsoft Excel competition.

Preston Stuhr and Garrett Richters received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2.  They competed as a team in the Virtual Business Challenge event and brought home third place. The FBLA Virtual Business Challenge Event encourages FBLA members to test their skills at managing either a bicycle manufacturing business or a blue jeans manufacturing business. Students control various combinations of the following concepts: recruiting/hiring/supervising employees, risk management, organizing floor layouts, bidding on orders and more. Teams were be ranked based on their business' cumulative profit after running the simulation for a set period of time.  Over 400 teams competed in the initial qualifying rounds, while the top 16 qualified for the National Conference Competition in Anaheim.  The team of Stuhr and Richters competed in a double elimination tournament and were able to capture 3rd place, coming within seconds of 2nd place.
                  
The award was 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.  Congrats to Preston and Garrett for putting Centennial on the map among National FBLA chapters!
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