Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

August 12, 2013

Business Club students ignite innovation


CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County High School business students recently attended the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Institute and Conference in Anaheim, California. After winning second place in the state competition in the spring, upcoming junior Jacob Campbell competed with business students from across the country in the economics competition.

Upcoming senior Austin Brown was selected as the Regional FBLA President and represented the Tennessee as a member of the state FBLA Executive Council. Upcoming seniors Reid Guthrie and Hannah Tyring participated in the institute and represented the school as voting delegates.

The theme of the institute was “Igniting Innovation.” The students participated in workshops with topics including leadership development, interview skills, understanding taxes, networking, entrepreneurship and career exploration. The CCHS students were a part of the 8,500 business students from across America and two foreign countries in attendance.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit education association with a quarter million students from middle school through college preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. FBLA is the largest business career student organization in the world and organized on local, state, and national levels. Business teachers, advisers, and advisory councils (including school officials, businesspeople, and community representatives) guide local chapters. State advisers and committee members coordinate chapter activities for the national organization. In addition to competing and participating in business related activities, the CCHS chapter completes community service projects throughout the year. FBLA is one of the many extracurricular skill building arenas made possible by the Cumberland County Career and Technical Education program.