Purdy students take third at FBLA Conference

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Pictured above, from left, are: Taylor Reynolds and Brittany Schultz, of Purdy High School, holding their third place trophy from the FBLA National Leadership Conference, Financial Business Planning event. Both Reynolds and Schultz are now students at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield. Photo submitted

Future Business Leaders of America, the largest and oldest student business organization, held their National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., on June 27-30. Taylor Reynolds and Brittany Schultz, of Purdy High School, received national recognition at the conference.

Reynolds and Schultz competed in business financial planning and were awarded third place. The award was part of a comprehensive competitive event program sponsored by FBLA. Individuals, state teams, and local chapters were encouraged to compete in any of the 50 activities. The events represented a wide range of competitions that are the focus of the business and leadership development in the FBLA.

The Financial Business Planning event was comprised of two parts, written and a performance. Students had to detail a financial plan and then present it to the judges.

In addition to their third place Award of Excellence, the team received a $400 award from H & R Block.

"Taylor and Brittany had decided early in the year that they wanted to do well at state and advance to nationals, said Kay Wright, Purdy FBLA adviser.

"They worked very hard and put in quite a bit of time to accomplish their goal."

"It was very exciting to see them on the stage at the awards program and then get third place in the nation! I am very proud of them and hope other students realize it is a realistic goal to compete at nationals regardless of the size of their school."

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