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Juniors Young and Vanelli take top honors at FBLA State Conference

Evan Young and Nick Vanelli with their awards


Fourteen of Valley Park's Future Business Leaders of America's 44 members traveled to Springfield in April for the Missouri FBLA-PBL State Leadership Conference. Over 5,000 students and advisers came together for over 150 business education related competitions. Evan Young (11) placed 6th in Cyber Security and 1st in Computer Problem Solving. Nick Vanelli (11) placed 2nd in the Job Interview Competition. They will go on to compete at Nationals this summer.


The five-day conference also featured dynamic workshops, innovative keynotes, and professional networking opportunities with Fortune 500 companies for middle school through college students. 


New activities this year included LeadershipEDU, an in-depth focused workshop designed to help uncover a student’s true leadership potential, SpecializedEDU, a series of workshops on topics like Discovering Your Passion and Maximizing LinkedIn, and a brand new interactive conference mobile application.


Missouri FBLA-PBL, a chartered member of National FBLA-PBL, is a registered 501(c)3.  Their mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.  Missouri FBLA-PBL membership exceeds 15,500, making it the second largest state chapter of the organization in the nation and the second largest CTSO in Missouri.