Rest assured, Wayne County Area Technology students have been equipped with skills that will help them contribute to the local business community in the future. Besides the daily curriculum students learn, extra-curricular clubs like the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) nourish their talents in competitions.
On Monday, April 15th, twelve FBLA students and adviser Rob Allen departed from the Wayne County Area Technology Center (ATC). The students were Regional winners who had performed well and were ready to move onto the next phase – State Leadership Conference. This was the moment the students had been studying and practicing for all year. They would test their skills that had already brought them home a trophy at regionals to see if they would be able to advance to nationals.
The students were able to spend three days at the Galt House in Louisville. The event began on Monday, when students were able to explore Louisville a bit, check into the hotel, and get their bearings in their new surroundings. That night the students attended the opening ceremony, one of three ceremonies of the event.
On Tuesday, students were able to attend a variety of workshops. Each workshop was geared towards a different topic, teaching students things like proper tipping, budgeting, and resume building. These workshops were led by advisers from various chapters and each student attending was given a rich experience to take away. Open events were also open to the students, where they could take a brief computerized test if they were not competing in anything. Students who had made finalist in their events did their final performances Tuesday morning in preparation for the awards ceremony that night.
Finally, the moment students had been waiting for rolled around. Competitors put on their best business attire and headed to the ballroom for the awards ceremony. Five students from Wayne County FBLA placed – Renee Allen, second in Personal Finance; Rachael Allen, fifth in Computer Applications and first in Healthcare Administration; Cas Barnett, first place Help Desk and third place Spreadsheet Applications; Myles Gregory, third in Agribusiness; and Rachel Rains, fifth in Journalism.
"I couldn't be more grateful for my time in FBLA," stated senior FBLA member Cas Barnett. "I'll never be able to pay back the organization for the confidence and experience I've gained. Four years ago if you'd told me that I'd be a state champ I would have laughed at you. This was possibly the best decision I've ever made for my future, as my career is based around business education, and I'd much like to be an FBLA adviser myself one day."
After a brief closing ceremony the following day, students boarded the bus to head back to WCHS. With them they carried a total of six trophies and high spirits. Three of the students planned to continue and compete at Nationals. Good luck Wayne County ATC FBLA at the FBLA National Leadership Conference!
Back Row (l-r): Myles Gregory, Cas Barnett, Leah Bell, Chloye Rice, Nicole Hesse, Kacie Rose, Adviser Rob Allen
Front Row (l-r): Rachael Allen, Renee Allen, Rachel Rains, Lauren Hughes, and Riley Jones
Myles Gregory took the stage to receive his award
Rachael Allen receiving her first place trophy
Rachel Rains placed fifth in Journalism
Renee Allen on stage eagerly waiting to hear her placement
FBLA Adviser Robert Allen with his daughters Renee and Rachael
Five FBLA members placed at State (l-r): Renee Allen, second in Personal Finance; Rachael Allen, first in Healthcare Administration and fifth in Computer Applications; Rachel Rains, fifth in Journalism; Cas Barnett, first in Help Desk and third in Spreadsheet Applications; and Myles Gregory. third in Agribusiness