Monroe-Woodbury’s FBLA chapter went out to Rochester, New York the week before spring break to participate in the State Leadership Conference. There, members of the club had the opportunity to compete against FBLA members from other schools, attend workshops, and meet new people! Those who place in the top 4 in their event get the chance to compete at the National Leadership Conference at the end of June in Anaheim, California. At the awards ceremony, Monroe-Woodbury FBLA watched as many members of the chapter were called up on stage. Members who placed include: Victoria Lee, placing 2nd in FBLA Principles and Procedures, Lauren Granowski placing 4th in Business Communications, Anusha Dawson placing 3rd in FBLA Principles and Procedures, Eileen Wang and Prachi Shah placing 1st in Publication Design, Nicolena Vega, Lauren Granowski and Prachi Shah placing 4th in Hospitality Management, Ishita Krishan and Kristina Stevanović placing 4th in Social Media, Daniel Willis placing 2nd in Future Business Leader.
MW FBLA also placed 9th for the Chapter of the Year award as well as Mrs. Palkaunieks, the chapter advisor, was awarded the Forkner Leadership Award. In addition, Mrs. Palkaunieks was elected by the Board of Trustees as the State Officer Coordinator beginning 2017-2018 school year.
Nicolena Vega was voted in by the state members to become Executive Vice President responsible for overseeing the 13 District VPs throughout the state while assisting the state president. She will take office 2017-2018 school year and will begin her training up in Saratoga over the summer. Being elected to any officer position is a high honor. For state and national positions, members must complete an interview, pass a comprehensive state officer exam, campaign throughout the conference, and present a speech to the 1000+ attendees. The chapter is so proud of her success and amazing achievement.
The chapter now begins the great task of preparing for competition against 11,000 attendees from all over the world. The group will jet set off to California right after graduation and will be in Anaheim until July 3rd.