East High School Recognized with Top Honors at FBLA National Leadership Conference in Nashville

FBLA Nationals Nick & JacobMore than 10,000 of America’s best and brightest youth traveled to the historic city of Nashville to make some history of their own as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win over $165,000 in cash awards.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), the largest and oldest student business organization, held its National Leadership Conference in Nashville on June 29–July 2. Participants from across the United States and two countries were in attendance for this exciting conference to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 60 business related competitive events.

Jacob Thomas and Nick VanMatre from East High School received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence on July 2. VanMatre and Thomas competed in Mobile App Development and brought home the fifth place trophy as well as a cash award from Microsoft. The Mobile App Development event requires students to build a fully functional mobile app based on the criteria given in the event description. For the 2014 event VanMatre and Thomas built a training app to engage students and help them prepare for an FBLA test.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Jacob and Nick,” said East High School FBLA advisor Scott Christy. “Mobile App Development was a new event this year and it ended up being considerably more difficult than we originally expected. They worked incredibly hard for the last five months on this and to finish in the top five in the entire nation is a very impressive accomplishment.”
The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. In order to make it to FBLA nationals, competitors must first finish in the top three for their event at regionals to advance to state competition. Students then must finish in the top three at the FBLA State Leadership Conference to be selected to represent Wisconsin at FBLA nationals. Green Bay East FBLA qualified five students for nationals this year in three different events, the most for a single year in the history of the FBLA program at East. East High School has had eight top ten national finishers over the past six years including a top two finisher in 2013.

In addition to the competitions, students at FBLA Nationals immersed themselves in educational workshops, attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics, and enjoyed sightseeing tours in Nashville.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. For more information, visit http://www.fbla-pbl.org.

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