High school students test their skills at the FBLA State Conference

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Kansas high schoolers put their real-life skills to the test.

The Kansas State FBLA Conference kicked off Thursday at the Stormont Vail Events Center and the Topeka Hotel at the City Center.

Some 1,200 students from across the state participated in more than 60 business-related events. Categories include business plans, ethics, resumes, web design, and community service projects.

Professionals with expertise in the various fields served as judges and offered their comments to the students. Melissa Brunner, 13, was a judge in the broadcast journalism competition.

The event also allows students to showcase all that FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America – has to offer.

“We have so many opportunities for kids to get involved and see what they like and dislike. Then we have things like a job interview. Everyone will have to interview for a job, which really gives you that real-world aspect,” said Izabelle Youngers of Kingman High School, who is this year’s FBLA state president.

Conference attendees also elect the new statewide FBLA slate of officers. Candidates set up campaign booths for students to learn about their ideas and experience.

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