Archive for Thursday, July 7, 2005

Students treasure trip to nationals

July 7, 2005

They may not have won, but they didn't come home empty-handed.

Seven members of the Lansing High School Future Business Leaders of America club attended the national conference and competition June 24-27 in Orlando, Fla. One member, Stephen Fischer, had qualified to compete at the event by placing first in business calculations at the state tournament.

Though Fischer did not place in the top 10 in his event, he and the others, most of whom will be officers in the club in the coming year, were able to attend workshops and some events that included public presentations.

"They came back with some neat ideas," said Sue Lednicky, the FBLA sponsor at LHS.

Lednicky said she attended helpful workshops for advisers. At one, she was able to find out how to get practice tests to help students prepare for the competitions. She said she also had heard some "good thoughts" on how to run meetings better and increase participation.

Samantha Mitchell, who will be the club's historian in the fall, said she, too, learned a lot about how to run meetings from the conference. She said parliamentary procedure was used at the conference, where members must make motions and vote - as opposed to "jumping in" and "chaos," Mitchell said. Last year, she said the club was in a "have-to-get-this-club-going stage." However, using parliamentary procedure would make meetings more efficient, she said.

"It's going to help meetings run more smoothly and get more things done," she said.

Demarin Montgomery, who will be the club's president, said LHS club members split up to attend different seminars and cover more ground. LHS members attended workshops on topics such as what to do in college and how to get scholarships, entreprenuership and careers, verbal and nonverbal communication and job interviewing.

Montgomery said the club members would probably meet this week to discuss what they had learned. He said the next such conference would be this fall in Kansas City, Mo., and Lednicky confirmed she wanted LHS students to attend.

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