D51 H.S. Students Compete at FBLA Nationals

District 51 High School Students Compete at FBLA National Competition
Posted on 07/24/2023
Grand Junction, CO - Nearly 12,000 students, educators, and volunteers headed to Atlanta, Georgia for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference (NLC) from June 26 - July 2, 2023. The annual event brought together middle school and high school students for competitive events with cash prizes, learning workshops, and career development opportunities. “Our student members did an exceptional job in wowing the judges with their keen understanding of areas as diverse as accounting, cyber security, and health care administration,” FBLA President & CEO Alexander T. Graham said. “They headed home with a renewed sense of accomplishment, a robust network of peers from across the country, and connections to colleges and employers as they explore future career opportunities.”

The Grand Valley had 15 students compete in this year’s event with two students placing in the top 10. Bailey Edwards of Palisade High School placed 9th in Accounting 1. Trevor Rund of Palisade High School placed 10th in Help Desk Role Play. Other students competing included: Raeley Branson (PHS), Mallory Brownell (PHS), Noah Hirons (PHS), Mia Moore (PHS), Will Neese (PHS), Sofia Porras (PHS), Claire Elise Rasmussen (PHS), Layton Tobin (PHS), Isenia Fregoso (CHS), Erica Young (CHS), Taytin Knoblich (GJHS), Jacob Cornelison (FMHS), and Britton Hovland (FMHS). Advisers attending were Suzanne Dunlap (GJHS) and Melissa Wright (PHS). 

Students at this four-day conference chose from more than 100 learning workshops, heard about the latest business practices in the Innovation Theater, and attended events at the Georgia Aquarium, Coca Cola Museum, and Centennial Park. FBLA inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. For more information, visit fbla.org. The Grand Valley FBLA Chapters would like to thank the many businesses, individuals, families, and organizations that helped make this experience possible for our students.