By: Young Kim
PLACENTIA, CA – From April 20th to April 30th, the members of Valencia’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) performed at the California FBLA State Leadership competition in an attempt to qualify for the national competition. FBLA centers around students who want to become involved in competitions surrounding topics of leadership and business education. According to the FBLA website, it is the largest student business organization in the world with over 230,000 members. Students who compete at states look towards entering the national competition in which they compete against other students from the 50 states.
Tests were conducted with the TechFluency testing browser in order to minimize the possibility of cheating. Competitors had to sign in through Zoom to their testing advisors with cameras on and microphones unmuted to prevent further collaboration. Like all FBLA competitions, competitors had to wear formal business clothing.
The FBLA members performed in over 19 events with over 12 events resulting in top ten placements. These students placed, respectively: Kyle Pinto; seventh in Advertising and ninth in Agribusiness, Mary Catipay; fifth in Digital Video Production, Lauren Kim; ninth in Economics, Alicia Mai; ninth in Introduction to Business and tenth in Introduction to Financial Math, Ryan Lee; tenth in Introduction to Business, Daeun Lee; seventh in Introduction to Business Communication and ninth in Introduction to Business Presentation, Tanya Vidhum; sixth in Introduction to Business Communication and ninth in in Introduction to Business Presentation, Erica Tobing; ninth in Introduction to Business Presentation, Steven Segawa; fifth in Introduction to Public Speaking, and Young Kim; eighth in Journalism.
Joy Millam, the FBLA advisor for Valencia, noted how “Despite the pandemic, our chapter had a very strong showing at our Southern Section Leadership Conference which allowed many of our active members to qualify for state.” Millam views the future of FBLA positively, stating, “We are very proud to see so many of our members place in the top 10. Several were freshmen, that bodes well for the future of Valencia FBLA. “
At the end of the two week competition, the closing ceremony was held on April 30th at 7p.m. Viewing parties were set up through Zoom in which members congratulated one another in their results. Audrey Leung, the President of Valencia’s FBLA stated, “This year, SLC [State Leadership Conference] was a completely unique experience due to the virtual format. The state leadership team did an outstanding job creating an online event complete with competition and career development as well as opportunities for social networking!”