FBLA members head to Washington

Hamburg. Members of the Wallkill Valley Regional High School Future Business Leaders of America attended the National Fall Leadership Conference in Washington from Oct. 31 until Nov. 3

02 Dec 2019 | 03:56

Twenty-four members of the Wallkill Valley Regional High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the 2019 FBLA-PBL National Fall Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, from October 31 to November 3.

Members participated in various motivational general sessions and workshops in order to develop their leadership skills. They were able to reflect on how FBLA offers “A World of Opportunity” with members and advisers, which is the 2019-2020 national theme.

John Guydon was the keynote speaker for the Conference Opening Session; he amazed the audience as he focused on how to grow professionally and personally while maximizing efficiency.

The closing session featured Anne Bonney who ignited the audience’s courage to embrace the uncomfortable--in change, in communication, and in becoming influential with others. Students attended workshops that included: “Good Citizenship and You,” “Use of Technology in College and Career,” “Networking Your Way to Success,” “How 7 Seconds Can Change Your Life,” and “The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team.”

The New Jersey contingency had the opportunity to network with members from states across the Nation; take in the Washington sites including the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the White House, the Capitol, and monuments and museums along the National Mall; and experience a state family-style dinner at Buca di Beppo.

Attending members were: David Anderson, Natalie Armstrong, Lia Brancato, Brianna Brown, Annalisa Caldera, Meagan Carr, Angela Christmas, Falyn Cunniffe, Riley Cunniffe, Danielle Fetzner, William Gunderman, Madison Gunderman, Vanessa Hasbrouck, Makoto Icsman, Jack Lally, Alexa Letelier, Ricky Limon, Kaylyn Mackey, Amanda Montague, Joseph Mueller, Andrea Piedrasanta, John Spadora, Isabelle Stecher, and Katie Vanderwiele. They were accompanied by Mrs. Carol Jurkouich, Wallkill Valley FBLA adviser, Mr. Thomas Jurkouich, and Mr. and Mrs. William Swiss. Wallkill Valley members were joined by New Jersey FBLA State Officers Harvey Wang, Julia Smith, Aditya Reddy, Sailesh Gudipati, and Skyler Sieradzky; West Morris Central members Willa Berg and Evangeline Veletto; and FBLA advisers Mrs. Cara Fabin, Mr. Ahmed Kondil, and Mrs. Felicia Sieradzky.