MMA Cadets Qualify for Nationals at 2022 State Future Business Leaders of American Competition

MMA Cadets Qualify for Nationals at 2022 State Future Business Leaders of American Competition

April 10-12, 2022, Missouri Military Academy received first, third and seventh place finishes at the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) state competition in Springfield, MO. MMA's Sports and Entertainment Management and International Business teams each qualified for national competition as a result of their success at state. The national FBLA competition will be held June 29-July 2 in Chicago, Illinois. FBLA is the high school division of a career and technical student organization dedicated to preparing students for careers in business.

The opening ceremony at the state conference included the presentation of colors by the MMA Color Guard.

The following are MMA’s results in the 2022 state FBLA competition.

1st Place (National Qualified)

  • Sports and Entertainment Management — Marco Afane, a high school junior from El Salvador; Anthony Melick, a junior from Overland Park, Kansas; and Jack Stalnaker, a senior from Morrison, Colorado

3rd Place (National Qualified)

  • International Business — Nyeal Biedenstein, a senior from St. Louis, Missouri; René Garcia Garza, a senior from Cadereyta Jimenez, N.L., México; and Michael Henderson, a senior from Greenbrier, Arkansas

7th Place

  • Accounting I — Cadet Melick

Cadets interested in business are encouraged to join MMA's FBLA chapter each August, the beginning of FBLA’s season. In addition to being a valuable asset on a resume, FBLA offers educational, scholarship and travel opportunities.

The mission of FBLA is to “inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.” There are more than 200,000 members in 5,200 FBLA chapters across the US and around the world.

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