WILLISTON, N.D. – Williston State College’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Chapter recently participated at the State Leadership Conference, held in Mandan, ND on March 26-27.

Each of the nine student participants from the chapter achieved excellent outcomes. The North Dakota State Leadership Conference is an annual competition, composed of FBLA chapters from North Dakota colleges, that compete in several business-related events. The WSC chapter participated in objective assessments, team competitions, and individual presentations.

“One of the highlights during the State Leadership Conference was getting to be with fellow club members and enjoying time together. My favorite part was going to the workshops provided and gaining knowledge,” remarked WSC FBLA Collegiate student Chayla Jewel Russell.

Members from the WSC team won multiple awards, including first-place results in categories of Emerging Business Problems, Small Company Management Plan, and Website Design. They also placed second and third in several other competitions. The chapter was also awarded the Chapter Award for the Largest Percentage of Increase in Local Chapter Membership after incurring a 400% increase and both advisers received the Outstanding Local Chapter Adviser Award.

President of the WSC FBLA Collegiate Chapter Alex Sims stated, “All of our students placed in the State Leadership Conference, making them eligible to compete at the national competition. In a few short months, we look forward to travelling to the national competition in Atlanta, Georgia.” “We are really pleased with the performance of the WSC FBLA Chapter at the State Leadership Competition. Through FBLA Collegiate, students have been able to apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world circumstances and demonstrate learning to develop career-relevant skill sets,” said FBLA Collegiate Chapter Advisor, Leah Windnagle.

In June of 2023, the National Leadership Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. Following its outstanding performance, WSC’s FBLA Collegiate Chapter is well-prepared for the national competition.

The entire list of awards by the WSC Collegiate Chapter from the State Leadership Competition is as follows:

Team events:

Emerging business issues- Alex Sims & Malte Kuhn- First

Small business management plan- Alex Sims & Malte Kuhn- First

Social Media Marketing- Vicktoria Holdaway & Brynn Oppegaard- Third

Individual Presentations: Client Service- Vicktoria Holdaway- First

Hospitality Management case study- Chayla Jewel Russell- Second

Job Interview- Matt McCaw- Second

Public Speaking- Chayla Jewel Russell- Second

Future Business Executive- Brennon Sabinash- Second

Website Design- Luke Curren – First

Individual Objective Tests:

Foundations of Accounting- Allyson Webster- First

Foundations of Accounting- Matt McCaw- Second

Foundations of Finance- Brennon Sabinash- Second

Information Management- Luke Curren- Third

Macroeconomics- Allyson Webster- First

Marketing Concepts- Luke Curren- Third

Microeconomics- Allyson Webster- First

Organizational Behavior and Leadership- Brynn Oppegaard- Second

Organizational Behavior and Leadership- Brennon Sabinash- Third

Project Management- Brynn Oppegaard- First

Project Management- Malte Kuhn- Second

Retail Management- Vicktoria Holdaway- Third

Sports Management- Matt McCaw- Third

Chapter Awards:

Largest Percentage Increase in Chapter Involvement

For more information about WSC’s Collegiate Chapter, please contact FBLA Collegiate Advisers Leah Windnagle at leah.windnagle@willistonstate.edu, 701.774.4220, or Maren Furuseth at maren.furuseth@willistonstate.edu, 701.774.4298.

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