WASHOUGAL — Washougal High School students competed at the Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference in Spokane. The conference brought together chapters from across the state, hosting student competitions in topics central to business leadership skills. Washougal High School earned Champion Chapter recognition and Ava Rana placed within the top 12 in Washington for public speaking at the conference.
Students Ava Rana, Carter Wilson, Xavier Pineda-Gutierrez and Cyrus Rana represented Washougal High School at the conference. The four Washougal High School students competed in five state competition categories: public speaking, journalism, health care administration, computer problem solving, and introduction to business. Participants also attended leadership development sessions each day throughout the conference.
At the recognition ceremony, Washougal High School was recognized for earning Champion Chapter status. To earn Champion Chapter recognition, teams must complete a series of membership engagement challenges. “The most rewarding part of attending the FBLA State Conference was seeing how much each individual student improved in their competitive events and grew as individuals,” said Rose Ruff, teacher and FBLA adviser at Washougal High School.
ConMet, a global commercial vehicle equipment supplier headquartered locally, donated $3,600 for the students to attend the state competition. The donation covered registration, hotel, and travel expenses for students in attendance.
Future Business Leaders of America prepares students across the country to become the business and community leaders of tomorrow. At Washougal High School, students participate in after-school programs to develop community-minded business skills while preparing for bright future careers. Future Business Leaders of America, Career & Technical Education, and the State Leadership Conference are examples of opportunities for Washougal School District students to develop career-readiness and college-readiness skills.