FBLA is a career and technical student organization that provides leadership and professional development. Johnson Creek High School Senior Mackenzie Seeber, Senior Abby Hintz, Junior Garrett Trimborn, and Junior Jon Karczewski traveled to La Crosse, WI to compete at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference on April 9-10. Mackenzie presented her Electronic Career Portfolio to the judges on Monday, April 9th and Garrett took part in a mass testing with over 700 members on Monday night at 7:30 pm. Garrett took a test on Computer Solving Problems. Though neither competitor advanced to Nationals, they did very well. Abby Hintz and Jon Karczewski attended the Legacy Academy, which was a new interactive conference offered to non-competitors to enhance their business experiences through interacting with local business professionals and participate in leadership activities. The two-day conference had workshops and tours for members to attend to increase their business knowledge. While at the conference our members were able to make connections with business leaders while touring area facilities and businesses. Mackenzie visited the La Crosse County Courthouse, Garrett toured the Dahl Car Museum and EO Johnson (an IT Business), and Jon and Abby toured various businesses as part of their Legacy event. During the opening session, students heard from Harriet Turk: a speaker, trainer, and consultant that discussed the important value of loving yourself and being a leader. With about 2,000 members in attendance, students were able to raise about $4,080 for the March of Dimes, FBLA’s national partner.
Overall, this was a great educational experience for our students, as well as an excellent opportunity for networking. Next year’s Leadership Conference will be held in Green Bay.