From March 26-28, 17 members from the Windham Regional Career Center (WRCC) Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the state conference in Burlington, Vermont. Most members earned at least one award and many won more. We made new friends and became closer with people we may have only known a little bit. Overall we had a blast. Here’s a recap of our trip…
We arrived in Burlington on Wednesday evening. We went to the mall and got to hang out and get dinner together. When we went back to the hotel we snuggled together in one room and listened to people practice their speeches and presentations for the next day’s competitive events.
On Thursday, we woke up early and got dressed in some very snazzy business attire. We went to a bunch of cool workshops that taught us about things like financial management. All the kids had an interactive, competitive events like Job Interviewing, Public Speaking, Help Desk, Marketing and Business Plans. That evening, during dinner, we won our first award by coming up with the best chapter cheer and earning the Most Spirited Chapter award — a megaphone we add our name to for the second time!
That night, staff from Northern Lights led us in games and team building exercises. We all had a great time getting to know kids from other chapters while participating in team building activities.
On Friday, we started out with an extravagant breakfast. Then most of the kids in our chapter went on the March of Dimes walk-a-thon, while other students had callbacks from events the day before. After the walk and the last round of competitions, we got packed up and headed to the luncheon awards banquet. The food was amazing and overall the WRCC FBLA won or placed more than 45 times in a variety of events!
The grandest prize of all came at the very end… “And the award for Chapter of the Year goes to… WRCC!” We all ran up and grabbed the huge 3 1/2 foot trophy that we will proudly display in the Career Center office. Ms. Cornell got the Advisor of the Year award, too. Our FBLA chapter is the best in the state… something that hasn’t happened to Brattleboro since 1999.
This will definitely be a trip to remember. We’re excited for the National Conference that will be held in Los Angeles, California. For those of us who aren’t going to CA, we can’t wait until next year’s State Conference.