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21 students qualify for National Leadership Conference  

Emilie Crowley reporter  

Kelce College of Business students brought home multiple first, second, and third place wins at the Future Business Leaders of America State Conferences. These students represented Pittsburg State University at the Kansas and Missouri state conferences, with 21 students qualifying for the National Leadership Conference this summer in Atlanta, GA.  

David Hogard, the PSU Future Business Leaders of America Advisor, was proud of the students bringing home a record number of wins for the team. In addition, the number of competitors doubled at the state level for the university this year.  

“I am so very proud of their accomplishments and involvement. They represent Pittsburg State very well,” Hogard said.  

Pitt State students brought home first place in a variety of events: Business Presentation, Integrated Marketing Campaign, Human Resource Management, Marketing Concepts, Entrepreneurship Concepts, Finance Case Competition, Impromptu Speaking, Job Interview, Macroeconomics, Foundation of Accounting, Sales presentation, Programming Concepts, Cyber Security, Help Desk, Accounting Case Competition, Sports Management and Marketing, Computer Concepts, and Microeconomics. 

Future Business Leaders of America is a Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO). FBLA’s mission is “to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.” Students may begin growing as future business leaders at grade nine. FBLA provides opportunities to compete in business areas, attend additional learning opportunities, develop a personal brand, assist in the college to occupational transition, and more. 

Amanda Becker, FBLA member, has competed at nationals every year while at PSU. Becker competed in five events throughout the competition. 

“(I’m) excited to get the chance to compete at nationals against other states…It feels like all our hard work paid off after we won,” Becker said.  

The students will travel to GA and compete from June 22-25. While their students will have the opportunity to compete against students from throughout the United States, China, Hungary, Haiti, and Tanzania. 

If students are interested in joining the Pittsburg State University Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America look for information in the fall semester in the Kelce College of Business.  

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