Four students represented Morgan High School this year at the Future Business Leaders of America Nationals. which took place from June 29 to July 2. Liam London, a 2022 graduate, competed in Computer Problem Solving. Connor Browning, Micah Wallace, and Landon DeRoche, also 2022 graduates, competed in the Graphic Design event. All of them earned their spots at Nationals by finishing well at the State Competition where London finished first and the others finished second place in their team event. “Qualifying for Nationals is a big accomplishment and something these boys will be able to use the rest of their lives especially with the connections they’ve made,” said Brennen Fuller, the team’s instructor. “We were able to see and explore Chicago as well which was a great experience for the boys!”
The boys not only had a chance to compete in their events, but network with other students from other schools across the state. All of them have been involved as officers for the FBLA club at MHS for years and have helped build the organization’s membership, run community service, and learned how to lead. Neither team ended up on stage in the top 10, but they said the judges “loved their projects and raved about their designs!”
London joined FBLA mainly because of the influence from his older siblings who had been in the club before him. London said, “I thought it would be fun, as well as give me good life experiences while getting to know people from all around the country.” FBLA has also provided London with many service opportunities such as making hygiene kits for the less fortunate, and collecting clothing donations. This year in FBLA, London got second at region, and then continued to study more which allowed him to place first at the state level. All of this was required for him to make it to nationals.
The event London participated in was called Computer Problem Solving. According to the official webpage https://www.floridafbla-pbl.com/fbla-event-computer-problem-solving, the event required contestants to have a broad base of knowledge and competencies in core hardware and operating system technologies including installation, configuration, diagnostics, preventative maintenance, and basic networking is an important element for today’s computer savvy individual. The one-hour objective test may include questions on operating systems, networks, personal computer components, security, safety and environmental issues, laptop and portable devices, and printers and scanners.
Browning, Wallace, and DeRoche took part in Graphic Design. This event recognizes FBLA members who can prepare computer-based digital art, which is paramount to the production of quality copy used for promotional purposes.
London explained that in FBLA the top four places in each event are invited to go to the national leadership conference, which takes place in a different metropolitan city every year. London had the opportunity to go last year, but due to COVID-19 it took place online. “I really wanted to go this year because they told us that it would be in person. I also haven’t gone to very many major cities.” said London.
The conference takes place over four days. The first three days are dedicated to the opening meeting and competitive events, while the final day features a long award ceremony where they announce the top ten places in every event. Many people also take this time to trade pins. Each student that participates receives two pins representing their state and are free to trade them with citizens of the other states. Nationals took place in Chicago, Illinois this year and throughout the week, London and his group also had time to explore the city and try many of the local foods such as deep dish pizza and Chicago hot dogs. They also had the privilege to go to a Chicago Cubs game and cheer along with the local fans.