Claire Frick, Kara Conley, Adam Lucka, Victoria Hunt and
Kelsey Nowack pose for a photo outside of the Anaheim
Convention Center in California during the FBLA
At the end of June, five
students from the West Bend High Schools
flew to Anaheim, California, to compete in
several categories at the Future Business
Leaders of America national competition.
Competing in areas of
hospitality management, journalism, computer
networking and the elite category of future
business leader, the five students were
exposed to a wide variety of experiences.
One of them, Claire Frick, placed fourth
nationally in the category of future
Recently the president of the
high schools’ chapter, Frick said, “I knew
it was going to be very challenging.” She
explained that during the state competition
she had told everyone they could leave early
from the awards ceremony as she didn’t
expect to do well in the category.
The competition at nationals
consisted of an online test with 100
questions, which needed to be answered in an
hour. The first part was similar to the
other competitions, but was followed by a
After learning she was in the
top 12 out of 86 she had to participate in a
15minute interview with three interviewers.
She was asked to describe herself and was
given ethical scenarios to consider.
“It was kind of rapid fire
questions,” Frick said. Other students like
Kara Conley, and former FBLA vice president,
took their test, but also took time to meet
people in the FBLA organization and network
with their peers.
“I actually met another girl
going to Madison (University of
Wisconsin-Madison) in the fall,” Conley
Among the takeaways for
Conley was the idea that the students there
should form visions of their future to
Conley said they learned
quite a bit about actually being leaders.
East High School Junior-to-be
Adam Lucka, however, had a slightly
different experience as the only male
amongst the group he was placed with a
stranger in a hotel room.
“I had a roommate from a
school I’ve never heard of before,” Lucka
said. He explained he gained experience in
quickly networking and the event “really
helps you see your future.”
The other two students, and
soon to be seniors, to participate were
Victoria Hunt and Kelsey Nowack and they
participated in the hospitality management
Though two of the five,
Conley and Frick, won’t be returning to the
school next year, or to FBLA, they both
spoke about expanding the local chapter.
Frick said that through the
organization “You gain so many leadership
skills.” She added that it’s a great way to
network and looks great on college
Conley said “It really
involves the community a lot.” She explained
it also offers plenty of hands-on
experiences students may not get in class.
FBLA student advisor Allison
Holtzer said the organization has helped
some former students get jobs and even
scholarships. And though the organization is
still small at the high schools, she said
she likes to think it has helped to foster
relationships with with businesses in the