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Bowdon High FBLA honored at national conference

Jul 14 2022

(Chicago, IL) -- Bowdon High School's Future Business Leaders of America chapter received national recognition as more than 12,000 students and academic advisers from 48 states and territories to McCormick Place in Chicago, from June 24 to July 2.

Students attended learning sessions with industry leaders, elected a national student officer team, and competed, with more than 700 middle school students, 8200 high school students, and nearly 600 college students competing in a variety of national events. The National Leadership Conference is the culmination of students’ hard work over the previous academic year and an opportunity to showcase the skills and knowledge gained in the classroom.

The BHS FBLA chapter was awarded the Hollis and Kitty Guy Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit which recognizes the top 15 percent of FBLA Chapters. BHS was also recognized as a Champion Chapter and received the Champion Chapter Award. Jake Duke, Sam Grizzard, and Sarah Poe competed in the American Enterprise Project.

“I am so glad we were able to be back in person this year for FBLA’s National Leadership Conference,” BHS FBLA adviser Laura Edwards said. “The students had a great time competing, learning from one another, and seeing Chicago!”

Both keynote speakers at the conference were former FBLA members. Brent Comstock, who founded digital consulting agency BCom Solutions “by and for rural America” in 2009, at just 12 years old, spoke to FBLA college students. Christopher Gray, founder of Scholly, an online app that helps aspiring college students find scholarships to cover the cost of college, spoke to FBLA middle and high school students.

“Since joining the Future Business Leaders of America in 2019, I have been blown away at the magnitude of talent and drive that FBLA student-members demonstrate every day,” said FBLA President and CEO Alexander T. Graham. “From middle school through college, our members truly are the future of leadership in our nation. It is an honor and privilege to contribute to our members’ education and success.”