More than 8,500 of America’s best and brightest high school students traveled to the Windy City to Step Up to the Challenge as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win more than $175,000 in cash awards.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLAPBL), held its FBLA National Leadership Conference in Chicago on June 29th to July 2nd. Participants from across the United States attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.
Abbey Murphy from Crestwood High School received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2. Murphy competed in Accounting I and brought home first place. She competed against over 200 other high school students from across the country. Abbey will be a senior at Crestwood High School this year. In addition to being the FBLA chapter president, she is a member of the varsity basketball and softball teams, and is the class of 2016 treasurer.
“Abbey prepared all year for this competition. She had to compete and win at the both the regional and state levels in order to advance to the national competition. We are all so very proud of her accomplishments.” said Christy Laubach, the business department chairperson.
The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLAPBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.