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On the Road to Leadership

Julie Jones

April 12, 2018

 

On Thursday, March 5, 13 FBLA members accompanied by sponsor and chaperone Mr. and Mrs. Behmer trekked to Omaha for the 56th Annual Nebraska State Leadership Conference. Students made it to SLC by doing Blood Drives, trash pick-ups, and concessions throughout the year and being the top 13 in points by January 24. Attendees were juniors: President- Johnny Borgman, Vice President- Alex Ehrman, Secretary- Adrian Crumm, Reporter- Julie Jones, and members Lexi Allen and Taylor Nabower; sophomore and Parliamentarian- Zane Journey; and freshmen members Lane Parr, Blaine Simonton, Luke Swanson, Seirra Watts-Hofstetter, Kerigan Karr, and Jenna Strampher.

The crew began arriving at the high school around 7:30 to have their bags checked and get loaded up before they ate breakfast. After a little bit of trouble loading everyone’s bags while allowing everyone to be comfortable for the ride, the members departed the high school around 8:30. Arriving at 11, the students changed into their business dress clothes and got ready for opening session at 1. In order to get the best seats they could, the upper-class boys headed over to the RL Convention Center to be in line and ready by noon to run and save seats for the rest of the members. Opening session introduced the new participants to the current state officers and gave them a feel of how the rest of the weekend would go. Once opening session was over around 2:30, some members had tests in Accounting and Business Communications while others took the day to relax and get ready for Friday tests. For supper, Mrs. Behmer ordered pizza for each room and once the group was done eating, many went down for a swim before curfew ended opening day at 11:30.

On Friday, most freshmen had tests all day while the majority of attending upperclassmen only had 1 test and relaxed most of the day. At 5:30, Borgman, Ehrman, and Jones headed over to the convention center for the Delegates Assembly to vote in their new state officers. Around 6:15 some headed to the provided buffet dinner of salad, spaghetti, and alfredo before they got ready for Second General Session and learned who got Honorable Mention in their tests. Unfortunately, no Silver Lake attendees received an Honorable Mention, but that put the students on the edge of their seat for Friday’s award ceremony. Following the Second General Session, the members quickly went back to the hotel to change out for the dance. A few members had some difficulties after getting locked out of their room and having to bring security and maintenance up to finally get into their room about 45 minutes after they got back. Friday night was a little longer than Thursday with the dance and curfew at midnight.

On Saturday, members were pretty exhausted from the previous days, but still had the awards ceremony left to attend and had to be up early. Although none of the members brought home any awards, they still had a good time and overall experience at the conference. After changing out of business attire and into comfortable clothes for the ride home, members finished packing their bags and started the journey home. The members stopped in York for a quick bite to eat and a chance to stretch before reaching their final destination back at the high school.

FBLA Sponsor Mrs. Behmer commented on the conference, “I was pretty excited for SLC this year, one reason being that we were bringing 7 members for their first year of SLC with 6 of them being Freshmen. Although none of our members made it on stage, I hope the students take this as a learning experience and I look forward to the coming years with hopes that more members can make it on stage.”

Second-year attendees and Juniors Lexi Allen and Adrian Crumm combined their thoughts on SLC, “We thought it was another great year to show leadership, and it was a really great way to show that FBLA is really just as much fun as there is business, and we think the Freshman really enjoyed SLC and will try hard once again to come next year!”

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