The teams qualified for nationals in April at the Missouri State Leadership Conference (SLC) after placing first in Sports and Entertainment Management and third in International Business.
The MMA Sports and Entertainment Management team who qualified for nationals included Cadets Marco Afane (El Salvador), Anthony Melick (Overland Park, Kansas) and Jack Stalnaker (Morrison, Colorado). Cadets Nyeal Biedenstein (St. Louis), René Garcia Garza (Cadereyta Jimenez, N.L., Mexico) and Michael Henderson (Greenbrier, Arkansas) made up the International Business team.
The NLC is the centerpiece of FBLA. Teams from all 50 states, some territories and Canada participate for ranked placement. At the NLC, roughly 200 teams compete for each of FBLA’s 75 subject-area events. In round two, the top 15 individuals or teams from roughly 200 individuals or teams are selected to compete in the 75 competitions.
Cadets Afane and Stalnaker (Sports and Entertainment Management) and Garcia and Henderson (International Business) sat for their round one online tests in Chicago's McCormack Place Convention Center on Wednesday, June 29. Melick and Biedenstein were unable to attend nationals. Test results were posted Thursday afternoon, and unfortunately, neither groups moved to the next round of competition.
"Though the cadets did not receive the results they hoped for, they carried themselves with confidence and authority and represented the Academy well," said MMA FBLA advisor Keith Morgan. "Frequently, young men and women from across the country stopped the cadets to ask for photographs and to learn about Missouri Military Academy."
The cadets had a few days for sightseeing, shopping and exploring Chicago’s Navy Pier. MMA’s FBLA chapter looks forward to working hard, improving and coming back to compete in next year’s competitions.
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.