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FBLA competition turns virtual

TUES. | 03-30-21 | NEWS

     Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed virtually in their annual state competition on Monday, Mar. 23. The competition was different topics members could compete in, and for each one, there is either a case study, test or presentation. These submissions will be graded by the FBLA judges based on various criteria that was outlined beforehand.

     “FBLA states is a state-wide competition where students compete in a wide range of competitive events," senior and FBLA historian Noah Sampson said. "There is everything from creating a business plan to a mock interview competition."

     The competition last year took place virtually, and continued to this year as well. This is a huge change from previous years where they usually take place in-person, in Greensboro. 

     “Since this year is virtual the way competitions are being submitted is different," co-vice president of social activities Evan Lewis said. "For example, competitions with case studies are submitted by first recording and then submitting to YouTube as an unlisted video."

     However, preparation for the members who were competing

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Graphic by Ashley Van Havere

this year in states was similar compared to previous years.

     “This year the preparation process was mostly similar to previous years but virtual of course,” Sampson said. “Groups needed to get together to practice presenting and put together their projects.” 

     People who competed in presentations were required to submit several practice presentations to FBLA advisor Kurt Garner until the final one had to be submitted. Announcements were also given to members through Remind, Instagram and emails, so members could stay up to date with the latest information. 

     The individuals who are in charge of judging the competition are typically business professionals like entrepreneurs or FBLA club advisors. 

     “They try their best to make it as fair and even as possible in order to reduce any biased judging,” president Brooke Borton said.

     There are also many different skills that students can learn by participating in these events.

     “Students are required to attend at least two workshops while at states,” Borton said. “Depending on the speaker, they can learn about public speaking, resumes, business etiquette, unspoken social media rules, [and] college.”

     The top four finalists of each topic will have the opportunity to compete in the national competition.

     “Usually the national competition takes place in a city somewhere in the United States, like last year it was supposed to be in Salt Lake City, but that was canceled due to COVID,” Lewis said. 

     In previous years FBLA Nationals have taken place in different cities like San Antonio, Chicago or Anaheim, but this year it is going to take place most likely completely virtual in June. 

     Competing in these FBLA competitions, many people feel is a great way to receive awards, network, learn from renowned speakers, travel across the country and gain lifelong skills. FBLA members are now waiting on the national competition that is yet to be determined whether it will take place in-person or virtual. For more information pertaining to the FBLA competitions, you can visit their website or the Rose FBLA Instagram page @jhrosefbla. 

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