Future Business Leaders of America members and advisers from Dunlap High School attended the 67th Illinois Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference at the Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois, on Friday and Saturday, April 1-2. Over 1,500 members, advisers, and guests from 73 Illinois FBLA chapters were registered for the conference. The two-day state conference included activities in personal development, business and leadership training, election of 2016-2017 state officers, and competitive events. Sophomore Bruna Tavares won the election and will serve as the State Secretary.
During the awards program at the conference, Dunlap High School FBLA members placed in the top ten of their individual competitive events: Accounting – Himani Suthar (10th place), Accounting II – Dotun Taiwo (9th place), Business Communication – Bruna Tavares (5th place), Computer Applications – Sam Royce (5th place), Cyber Security – Parsa Khorasanizadeh (8th place), Healthcare Administration – Peter Walker (9th place), Insurance & Risk Management – Hanifah Ali (4th place), Introduction to Business Procedures – Aditi Wadhwa (7th place), Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure – Julia Tavares (2nd place), and Personal Finance – Thomas Driscoll (6th place).
Other FBLA members competing were Imadh Khan, Cathryn Palmer, Jennifer Hu, Molly Royce, Zach Stroup, Alyssa MacDonald, Harini Subramanian, Harshini Subramanian, and Alex Hoerr.
Julia Tavares, Peter Walker, and Sam Royce served as voting delegates at the conference in the election of the following 2016-2017 Illinois FBLA State Officers.
Dunlap had two national qualifiers, Hanifah Ali and Julia Tavares, who will be headed to Atlanta, Georgia in June for the National Leadership Conference. Best of luck to both participants! Bruna Tavares will also be representing Dunlap High School at the event.
FBLA-PBL is the largest student business organization in the world with more than a quarter of a million members! FBLA prepares students for “real world” professional experiences. For more information about FBLA-PBL, go to www.fbla-pbl.org, www.fbla.gen.il.us, and www.il-fblapbl.org.
Submitted by: Angie Stancil
Dr. Lisa Parker, Superintendent