Members of the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda Chapter from Missouri Military Academy recently traveled to Springfield, MO for the Missouri FBLA – PBL State Leadership Conference.
The five-day symposium began on Friday, April 6 and featured dynamic workshops, innovative keynotes, and professional networking opportunities with Fortune 500 companies for middle school through college students. Five FBLA cadets; Khaluguun Enkhbayar, Francisco Fletes, Carlos Liriano, Gabriel Perez, and Alexander Seibert, attended the conference and participated in the Color Guard at the opening session on Sunday evening. The cadets were accompanied by Maj. Peggy Reynard, FBLA sponsor and MMA business department chair, and Cpt. Greg Maximovitch, educational technology integrator and business instructor.
New activities this year included LeadershipEDU, an in-depth workshop designed to help uncover a student’s true leadership potential; SpecializedEDU, a series of workshops on topics like Discovering Your Passion and Maximizing LinkedIn; and a brand new interactive conference mobile application.
More than 5,000 students and advisers came together for the event, with more than 150 business education related contests running during the event. Contest topics crossed a broad spectrum of subjects including accounting, website design, marketing, and mobile application development.
“It was a fun and personally enriching experience,” Cadet Francisco Fletes ’18 said. “I learned a lot from the feedback I received and I am looking forward to the National Conference.”
Fletes placed fourth in state in Public Speaking and qualified to compete at the National FBLA Conference in June. Cpt. Maximovitch said he was proud of the performance of all MMA cadets who participated.
"I am very proud of the FBLA team this year, both those that went to State and those that competed at Districts,” he said. “Competition at these events can be very stiff and to prevail to the state level is quite an accomplishment. To advance further to nationals is an even greater achievement. MMA can be proud of this group; they consistently perform to a high-level year after year and much of the credit for their performances goes to Maj. Reynard."
Maj. Reynard shared her praise for the cadets who participated. "I am very proud of all cadets qualifying for the FBLA State Competition," she said. "It was exciting to see Cadet Fletes win 4th place and qualify for the National Competition."
This isn't the first time Maj. Reynard has coached Fletes to success. "This is the second time he has qualified for national competition in Public Speaking," she noted. "He has represented our chapter and MMA well!"
Missouri FBLA-PBL, a chartered member of National FBLA-PBL, is a registered 501(c)3. Their mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Missouri FBLA-PBL membership exceeds 15,500, making it the second largest state chapter of the organization in the nation and the second largest CTSO in Missouri.