Future Business Leaders of America make Wilson County history

Staff Reports • Updated Jul 28, 2014 at 10:22 PM

The National Leadership Conference for FBLA was held June 29-July 3 at Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Eight students from Lebanon High School earned an opportunity to compete at the national level due to their having placed at the State Leadership Conference in April.

All students represented LHS well, competing in Business Presentation, Digital Video Production, Job Interview and Website Design. After competing in the preliminary round of competition on Monday, students Ethan Carr and Sebastian Arredondo found out they had made it into finals on Monday night. This was the first time any students from LHS or Wilson County have ever made finals at the national level.

They competed in the final round on Tuesday and at the awards ceremony on Wednesday the pair was told they placed 7th in the nation in their competition of Digital Video Production. The students had to create a two-minute video about how small businesses could implement green practices and present the video to a panel of judges explaining the rationale behind the video, all of the equipment, software, and editing that went into the actual production.

Additionally, Mt. Juliet Middle School student Macy Ruggiero created the first middle school chapter of FBLA in the county this past school year and placed 1st at the state level in her competition of Computer Slide Show Presentation.

Even though middle level events do not compete on the national level, Ruggiero attended a Middle Level Leadership Academy at nationals in addition to sitting in on the final round of many of the high school competitive events. It is her goal to expand membership, competition and community service at her school next year and have classmates join her at nationals in Chicago, Ill. in summer 2015.

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