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CHS Student Competes at FBLA National Conference

ANAHEIM—Reed Gibson was recognized with top honors from the state of WI at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA. Reed is the third student from Colfax High School during the past 15 years to qualify for the national level of competition.

 Anaheim was the place well-suited for over 8,500 future business leaders who attended the national conference to Ignite Innovation (this year’s national theme).

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), the largest and oldest student business organization, held their National Leadership Conference (NLC) at the Hilton Anaheim, June 27-30. Conference participants from around the country and the world were in attendance for the NLC.

During the NLC, there were comprehensive competitive events sponsored by FBLA-PBL. Individuals, state teams, and local chapters competed in over 50 different events representing a wide range of activities and the business and leadership development focus of FBLA-PBL. The winners of these highly competitive and prestigious awards were selected from among FBLA-PBL’s membership of 250,000 students and advisers and represent some of the best and brightest of today’s youth. Reed Gibson competed in Sports Management. The sports industry is rapidly growing in this country and the world. For an individual to be successful and effective in this type of work, a core understanding of business and a comprehensive awareness of sports is necessary to succeed in sports management. This event provides recognition for FBLA members who possess the basic principles of sports management.

“It was a unique experience where I was able to connect with great students from around the country; the experience was one of a kind,” said Reed.

“FBLA provides rewarding learning and leadership opportunities beyond the classroom, and the school district’s support of these is greatly appreciated,” said Kara Zutter, Colfax FBLA Advisor.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in 12,000 chartered middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. For more information visit  Colfax High School has maintained a chartered chapter under the direction of Kara Zutter since 1990.