Nine Fulton High School students attended the National Fall Leadership Conference in Denver last week.
The students were a part of FHS' Future Business Leaders of America chapter. This is a student business organization whose mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.
"As with all conferences, (the students) enjoyed some speakers and questioned some speakers. Each (student) I have talked to gave me at least one idea that they got and I always consider that a success," FHS FBLA advisor Gina McLachlan said.
McLachlan said FHS has attended numerous NFLC conferences in cities such as Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, Omaha, St. Louis, and Ames. Because she had been to so many previously, McLachlan elected to stay behind and have her fellow FHS faculty member Jenna Brown accompany the students this year.
"This organization is vital to my business classroom's curriculum to show the students how it all really comes together," McLachlan said.
According an FHS news release, the students attended workshops to hone their skills in leadership, community service, fundraising, career development and competitive events.
McLachlan said the students were also able to enjoy their time in Denver doing things like shopping and skiing.
FBLA has been at FHS for the past six years and currently has 45 members this school year. The organization's mission is to provide leadership, educational and community service opportunities for our members.
"One of the biggest takeaways for the students was learning about Tallo, which is a new kind of LinkedIn for students to use for professional goals and they really liked what it had to offer," McLachlan said.
For the organization's upcoming events, McLachlan said FBLA will be holding a joint Thanksgiving meal with FFA and FCCLA as well as helping to ring bells for the Salvation Army. She said the spring semester is spent more on competition as they have more than 60 events in which the students can compete. The district competition is in February at Westminster.