Brunswick High School’s chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America will send a school record-setting number of members to the national competition in Baltimore, Md., this summer.
The school will send 14 members to the competition, which will take place June 28 to July 1.
The students qualified for the national contest during the Georgia FBLA State Leadership Conference in Atlanta in March.
Fifty-seven students from Brunswick High attended the state conference, which was attended overall by nearly 3,000 students from around the state.
Brunswick High’s team placed sixth at the state conference.
The students will compete in a variety of types of contests at the national level, including business presentations, business ethics, digital video production and more.
The group also plans to take a trip to Washington, D.C. while up north for the national conference. For some, it will be their first time traveling by plane.
“I’ve never been to Baltimore, so that’s a new experience,” said Cora Ailiff, a sophomore member.
Sophomores Ashley Dey and Alisa Pinkum, who competed in the business presentation contest, described the state competition as nerve-wracking.
“The performance is also an open event, so anyone can just walk in and come and watch, so that made it more nerve-wracking,” Pinkum said.
The chapter recently wrapped up a successful year full of competitions. Jaleesa Jones, a co-advisor of the club, said the school’s chapter has annually increased the number of students who qualify for the national competition. She said the chapter continues to perform strongly every year, due in part to impressive senior leadership.
“It’s a great group of students that are so motivated and put in the work and the extra hours,” she said.
Colby Griner, a sophomore, said he expects the chapter to only improve, as it is currently made up mostly of freshmen and sophomore members.
“We have lot of the underclassmen, and we’re going to be a strong chapter,” he said.
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