Members of Brunswick High School’s chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America recently returned from two separate conferences at which they were able to practice and hone their leadership skills.
The trips gave them a chance to flex their leadership muscles just before the school hosts the Region 3 Leadership Conference for the first time in several years.
Eleven Brunswick High students and two advisers attended the FBLA National Fall Leadership Conference in Chicago, IIl., on Nov. 2 and 3. At the conference, members attended workshops and worked on leadership development and teamwork.
The students returned and soon left again for Athens, where 36 members attended the Georgia FBLA Fall Leadership Conference.
The event, held at the Classic Center, also included a diverse array of workshops for the students.
“We had our opening session and then we spent the whole day doing workshops, which are designed specifically for each person,” said Abigail Williams, a junior at Brunswick High and officer in the FBLA chapter.
The workshops catered to the different interests of the students.
“I participated in a ‘Leadership for the Locker Room’ workshop,” said senior member Daniel Horne, who also serves as a chapter officer. “It prepared you for the speeches that you can present to your sports team and what your mindset should be during some kind of sports event, after and before.”
The students said they were able to gain confidence in their leadership abilities during the conference, and they learned ways to stimulate growth in their school’s FBLA chapter.
“I think we learned what other chapters do that could benefit us,” Williams said.
The chapter is now preparing to host the region conference at Brunswick High Jan. 30.
“We’re looking at getting about 600 to 700 students here,” said Erica Veal, co-advisor of the FBLA chapter.
The chapter is asking for community members to volunteer as judges for the competitions that will take place during the conference that day. The competition categories include public speaking, customer service, sales presentation and business ethics.
Those interested in serving as judges during the one-day event are asked to email Pam Griner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The FBLA chapter plans to attend the state competition in March and hopes to attend the national conference in San Antonio, Tex., this summer.
Both events, like the recent conferences the students attended, aim to make the FBLA members better leaders.
“I joined to boost my leadership skills,” Horne said.
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