Hettinger students attend National FBLA Conference

Eleven members of Hettinger’s  Future Business Leaders of America chapter attended the National Leadership Conference on June26-July 3.

Eleven members of Hettinger’s  Future Business Leaders of America chapter attended the National Leadership Conference on June26-July 3.

Those attending were: Katie Wolff, Haley Hill, Michael Shirek, Lizzy Thompson, Kaycee Schwind, Nicole Weaver, Jaylee Mattis, Cassie Andress, Tanya Huisman, Annie Johnson, Samantha Reuther, Libby Gravning (chaperone) and Linda Doe (adviser).

A pre-conference side trip was taken to Memphis, Tennessee where members toured the famous Sun Studio where Elvis Presley recorded his first song.

The evening was spent enjoying a real southern barbeque, a walk down Beale Street, and a carriage ride around the historic downtown area.

The second day found members walking through Graceland, the estate where Elvis and his parents lived and touring the National Civil Rights Museum. Members had the opportunity to see the actual motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

After a  bus trip filled with a breakdown and six hour delay the Hettinger delegation arrived at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, grabbed a few hours of sleep and were off to visit the Music City Hall of Fame, the Ryman Auditorium and the ever-famous Wild Horse Saloon where members spent a couple of hours learning how to line dance.

The opening session of the conference began the evening of June 29. A record breaking 10,315 FBLA members from across the country gathered together to hear keynote speaker Sabrina Thompson. She spoke about her experiences as a NCAA division one track & field participant, a high school teacher in one of the roughest neighborhoods in the country, co-founder of a 40,000 plus member non-profit multimedia company, and lasting for 39 days on the CBS televised SURVIVOR show.

When students weren’t competing or giving presentations, they had opportunities to network, be with friends or attend workshop sessions on a variety of topics such as, How to Find Scholarships and Research Colleges, How to Give Your Best Presentation Ever, Code of Ethics in Business, Leadership Lessons, Networking Your Way to Success, Why Doing the Right Thing is So Difficult, Dining Etiquette Boot Camp, and A Sneak Peak at the Future of the SAT & ACT.

The North Dakota delegation consisting of 250 members attended the Grand Ole Opry where the Swon Brothers from last year’s season of The Voice performed as well as the group Old Crow Medicine Show who had just released a CD the same day. Hettinger members also got to experience dining at The Rainforest Café.

A trip to a national conference is an awesome experience and the support from the community to help us get there is greatly appreciated.

 







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