Holt, Timberland, Liberty Students Bring Home Medals from Business Leadership Conference

Students from Holt, Liberty and Timberland high schools competed at the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference held in Springfield, MO on April 2-4.

FBLA is a professional association for students pursuing business careers. More than 4,000 other high school students from across Missouri attended the conference. Fifteen district students brought home medals from the competition and nine of those students took top honors and qualified to advance to the National FBLA Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA June 29–July 2 to compete against winners from each state.

The following students qualified to advance to the national conference:

  • Holt seniors Jake Deniszczuk and Zach Gmyr and junior Brett Coulon, Computer Game & Simulation Team, second place
  • Liberty senior Cameron Dierks, Accounting II, second place
  • Timberland senior Andrew Nettler, Business Law, third place
  • Holt senior Evan Hatmaker and junior Ben Goldstein, Mobile Application Development Team, fourth place
  • Liberty junior Tyler Melvin, Personal Finance, fourth place
  • Timberland senior Logan Renne, Accounting II, fourth place

Students who received medals in the competition included: Liberty seniors Cameron Dierks (6th place, Economics), Adrian Przezdziecki (7th place, Accounting II), Abby Ebenstein and Alicia Orlando (9th place, Management Decision Making), Timberland senior Andrew Nettler (10th place, Securities & Investments), and junior Danny D’Nagy, and seniors Tom Creighton and Gabbi Eckert (10th place, Management Decision Making).

“The energy and competition were high,” said Timberland FBLA Sponsor Kellie Trussell. “Students not only got to compete but also attended business workshops, leadership challenges, and had multiple networking opportunities with colleges and other students.” The competition is part of a program sponsored annually by FBLA, a professional association for students pursuing business careers. Individuals, local chapters, and state teams compete in over 60 events representing a range of business, career, and leadership development activities.

FBLA is a nonprofit organization that prepares students for careers in business and business education. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.