Students take FBLA awards
Kings High School Junior Brendan Guerin (left) and Sophomore Spencer Kinkelaar competed in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competition last week.
FBLA is the largest student run organization in the world and holds competitive competitions each year to showcase some of the best business talent America has to hold for the future. Each year, more than 250,000 students compete at the state level throughout the United States in hopes of placing well enough to qualify for nationals.
380 students from all over Ohio competed at The Ohio State University in Columbus March 7th and 8th.
Guerin entered nine competitions and placed 1st in 5 events including: Accounting I, Agribusiness, Business Calculations, Business Law, and Insurance and Risk Management. Guerin also placed 2nd in Business Communications and in Securities and Investments, as well as placing 3rd in Economics.
“The whole competition was a great experience.” Guerin said. “I was honored to be able to represent Kings High School.”
When asked how he prepared for such a big event, he commented, “Business is business, only your gut prepares you for this.”
Kinkelaar competed in 19 events total and placed 1st in 8 competitions, those including: Introduction to Business, Electronic Career Portfolio, Introduction to Business Communications, Introduction to Business Procedure, Introduction to Financial Math, Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures, Personal Finance, and Word Processing. In total, he placed in 17 out of his 19 events.
“It was an amazing experience.” Kinkelaar said. “Preparing and doing well helps increase your [business] knowledge, builds your resumé, and opens up opportunities for scholarships later on.”
As a team, Guerin and Kinkelaar competed in the Banking and Financial Systems competition and placed 2nd overall.
Because of their outstanding results, both Guerin and Kinkelaar qualified for the national competition in Atlanta, Georgia in June of this year.
“It’s exciting that we’re getting the opportunity to represent Kings High School at the national level and we can’t wait to show off our potential.”
By Alex MacNeil