This summer, Parkrose Future Business Leaders of America sent nine talented students to Chicago for the FBLA National Leadership Conference.

Parkrose students pose for a photo at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Chicago in June. In the front row, from left, are Elizabeth Rivas, Monica Chao, Shelby Martin, Ngan Nguyen. In the back row, from left, are Jada Krening, Dylan Truong, Courtney Marlatt, Lilia Bechtel, Brandon Treadway. Photo Credit: COURTESY MIKE VERHULST                                                        COURTESY MIKE VERHULST

Parkrose students pose for a photo at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Chicago in June. In the front row, from left, are Elizabeth Rivas, Monica Chao, Shelby Martin, Ngan Nguyen. In the back row, from left, are Jada Krening, Dylan Truong, Courtney Marlatt, Lilia Bechtel, Brandon Treadway.

After placing in the top three at the state competition, these outstanding business students competed against the top five percent of all FBLA members in the U.S. For the second time in three years, Parkrose FBLA had a team advance to the final round of competition.

Along with competing at the national conference, students enjoyed sightseeing around the Chicago area.

FBLA members had an opportunity to see Navy Pier, Cloud Gate (the “silver bean”), and the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, and they spent a day at Six Flags Great America as well. “Our students were amazing ambassadors for Parkrose High School and the Parkrose School District,” said FBLA Advisor Mike Verhulst.

National preliminary round competitors:
Brandon Treadway, Business Plan
Jada Krening, Digital Design & Promotion
Shelby Martin, Digital Design & Promotion
Ngan Nguyen, Website Design
Dylan Truong, Website Design
Lilia Bechtel, Website Design
National final round competitors:
Monica Chao, 3-D Animation
Elizabeth Rivas, 3-D Animation
Courtney Marlatt, 3-D Animation