Faces & Places: Couch FBLA attends national conference; Amick places 10th in the nation

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Over the summer, students from Couch High School of Missouri Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda Chapter attended the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Baltimore, Md. where they competed for national recognition and scholarship and one brought home 10th place recognition.

Those who attended were Gracie Amick, Evalina Dunlap, Garrett Murdock and Paige Hicks, as well as FBLA advisor Teresa Garrison and husband Joe Garrison.

According to Garrison, “The NLC is the pinnacle of the year, with over 15,000 attendees and 140 competitive events and attending students had to qualify after competing at the State Leadership Conference in Springfield in April.”

This year’s conference included several days of interactive workshops from the American Management Association, MBA Research and KPMG.

Students networked with members from other states and around the world and toured the sites around Baltimore and Washington D. C.

Two events from Couch advanced to the National Leadership Conference, which were Graphic Design team members sophomores Gracie Amick and Bailee Gallion, Evalina Dunlap, who competed in Computer Game and Simulation Programming.

Amick presented her and Gallion’s project and placed 10th in the nation.

The project Amick presented was a magazine her and her partner, Bailee Gallion, who was unable to attend, created. It included a cover page, an interview with one of their teachers about how they feel FBLA benefits students, a feature article about what our FBLA chapter has done to raise money and a promotion about the National Leadership Conference. Amick stated during the presentation she explained the creation process, including in depth details about each part of the magazine.

“Winning 10th in the nation was a complete shock to me. It was both terrifying and exciting when I was called as one of the top winners. I was beyond excited when they called my name for 10th place. It was honestly hard to believe,” said Amick.

“I learned a lot from the conference experience. Not only did I learn more about FBLA and the business world, but I saw what it was like to compete at a national level. It’s a whole different world from the district and state levels,” said Amick.

“Because of the experience, my public speaking abilities have improved and I’m better at giving presentations. I’ve also noticed that I’m not really as shy as I was before attending the conference, which sound, kind of weird, but is true.”

Amick did not have a lot time to go to any of the national workshops because she was busy preparing the presentation or enjoying being in Baltimore. She stated the entire trip was fun and a learning experience.

“I really loved the tour of Washington, D.C. we got to go on,” said Amick. The group got to visit Arlington Cemetery and monuments including Lincoln, Vietnam and Korean. They also saw the White House, capitol and Embassy Row.

There were people from all 50 states present and competing at the national conference including competitors/members from Puerto Rico, Haiti, Taiwan (Republic of China), U.S. Virgin Islands, Hungary, Ontario and Grand Cayman. Amick was able to meet some of the people from Taiwan and Puerto Rico.

The Couch FBLA chapter was also recognized with the Gold Seal Chapter Award.

Competition topics ranged from Accounting to Marketing, Website Development to Personal Finance. “All competitive events are aligned to the standards taught in Missouri classrooms, allowing for an intra-curricular experience to showcase skills taught. Missouri FBLA brought home 42 top 10 finishes, with Missouri Phi Beta Lambda bringing home 42 top 10 finishes for a grand total of 126 trophies,” said Garrison.

“We would like to especially thank those that helped with raising funds to attend the conference, through the purchase of trash bags as well as donations from area businesses, which include: Alton Bank, Southern Bank, FNBC and RC Appraisals. Your donations helped the students with expenses for the trip,” said Garrison.

Also stated in a press release, “Missouri FBLA-PBL also brought home numerous awards, including the largest state chapter in the North Central Region and second largest state chapter in the nation. A highlight of the conference was the election of Amber Raub (University of Missouri) as National PBL Secretary, Kerri Young (Missouri State University) as National PBL North Central Region Vice President, and Eli Amyx (Gainesville High School) as National FBLA North Central Regional Vice President. This is the second year in the past three years that Missouri is represented in three of the 18 National Offices.

Missouri FBLA-PBL, a chartered member of National FBLA-PBL, is a registered 501(c)3. Their mission inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. Missouri FBLA-PBL membership exceeds 15,500, making it the second largest state chapter of the organization in the nation and the second largest career and technical student organization in Missouri.”

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Teresa Garrison at 417-938-4212 or email at tgarrison@couch.k12.mo.us.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: