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Washougal High School students earn accolades at Future Business Leaders of America State Business Leadership Conference

The Columbian
Published: May 18, 2024, 5:56am

WASHOUGAL — Six Washougal High School students competed at the Future Business Leaders of America State Business Leadership Conference, held April 24-27 in Spokane. Students Liberty Andelman and Jacob Larzalere secured places in the top 12 of Intro to Social Media Strategies and Intro to Public Speaking competitions, respectively. On April 27, Larzalere took ninth place at state in the Intro to Public Speaking competition category.

Carter Wilson, Larzalere, Andelman, Madeline Brock, Xavier Pineda-Gutierrez, and Laura Perez qualified for state competitions based on their performance at the Southwest Washington Regional FBLA Conference in early February.

“Competing at state boosted my confidence and reinvigorated my drive to achieve both my academic and extracurricular goals,” said Larzalere.

This year, more students participated in the Southwest Regional Future Business Leaders of America conference than in the previous eight years. Over 2,300 students participated in the Washington state Future Business Leaders of America competition this year.

“Qualifying for state is such a high accomplishment. This group of students has set a wonderful example of how perseverance and preparation lead to success,” said Nicole Simek, FBLA adviser at Washougal High School.