Every year the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club, led by Mr. LaVigne, attend the regional FBLA conference. This year was much different than the past, however, in the sense that six individuals advanced to the state conference and then also placed high enough to make it to the national conference in Anaheim, California. In the past, the club was lucky to have a single person make it to the state conference, and this year to have six individuals advance to the national conference is extraordinary. The six individuals to advance to nationals include: Matthew Sanderfoot who placed third in Introduction to Financial Math, Carson Mara, who placed first in Journalism, the team of Noah Knudsen, Kyle Hietpas, and Chris Van Asten who placed third in their marketing presentation, and the team of Troy De Bruin, Matthew Sanderfoot, and Carson Mara who took first place in the state and third place in the nation in the virtual business challenge. President Chris Van Asten says, “We’ve been putting in work behind the scenes for the past four years and now it’s finally paying off.” All of their hard work definitely did pay off, and they plan to make the trip to Anaheim from June 28th to July 3rd.
While in Anaheim, Mr. LaVigne has a fun packed schedule for the men. They will depart on the morning of June 28th and will spend the day exploring their new temporary home. The next day is the marking preliminary test where Kyle Hietpas and Chris Van Asten will compete in hopes of making it to the finals. On Friday, Matthew, Carson, and Troy will be competing in the preliminary round of the Virtual Business Challenge. This round is a round robin tournament where the teams who earn the most profit will advance to the finals. If either teams do well enough, they will compete in the finals which take place later in the week. While in California, the guys plan to go to an Anaheim Angels game, go to the FBLA Disney day, go to different beaches, and head into Los Angeles and see the city and possibly tour the campus of UCLA. They will be returning home on July 3rd. This conference will be a great experience where they get to hear from important speakers and get to talk to high school students and teachers from all around the country. The only underclassman of the group, Matthew Sanderfoot, has some very high goals for himself in his high school career, “This competition will be a great experience and it will be a lot of fun. In my next three years, I plan on taking the nation by storm and bringing back a few national championships to Little Chute High School.”