Menomonee Falls — The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) state competition wrapped up on April 12 with Menomonee Falls leading the pack.
MFHS set a school record by winning its third straight FBLA competition, and the North Middle School FBLA team is celebrating its second straight state championship.
“It felt fantastic,” said Colin Hall, an 8th grader at North Middle School who took first place in “Introduction to Computers.” “We worked so hard studying and preparing the last few months, both at after school study sessions and at home.”
North Middle School’s team is comprised mostly of new members — only one third of them competed last year.
“Due to their enthusiasm and engagement in their competitive events, they were very successful and we are so proud of this group,” said Meagan Voight, NMS FBLA co-advisor.
North’s FBLA team had 38 students compete, with five first place finishers.
“We are pleased to serve as a feeder program for the high school FBLA chapter (the largest in the state), and look forward to seeing how they do in the future,” NMS FBLA Co-Advisor Jim Nitz said. “We are now turning our attention forward to FBLA 2016-17 at North Middle School.”
Next year is already on the forefront of everyone’s minds at the high school too, despite the team losing several of its key players who are seniors.
Of the 95 students competing, 44 qualified for nationals by placing first through fourth in their event, and took home the award for being the largest chapter in the state.
“Our hard work and dedication shows,” said Brandon Kohnert, a senior. “Our team is made up of extraordinary individuals that go the extra step to reach their goals. Seeing the look on the faces of team members when they heard their name announced and found out they qualified for the National Leadership Conference is priceless.”
The MFHS team president, Mindy Wolfe, a senior, recognized the hard work of not only the students, but the whole team.
“It has been amazing working with such dedicated people,” she said. “The support from our chapter members, advisors, and school is outstanding. Working with MFHS FBLA has been an awarding experience and I can’t wait to see how the group does at Nationals.”
The national competition is in Atlanta June 28 through July 3.
FBLA is the national organization for all secondary school students participating in business education programs and functions as an integral part of the instructional program of the business education curriculum in secondary schools.