Bardstown students build business experience at FBLA conference

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7 honored for their achievements

The Bardstown High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) team had seven members qualify to compete at the National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, Md., from June 28 to July 2.

To qualify for the national conference, participants had to place in the top five at the state FBLA competition.

The students and their events are Evan Newsome and Zane Rosenbaum, emerging business issues; Cora Berdal, electronic career portfolio; Isabel Martinez, word processing; Isaac Kiser and Clay Newton, sports and entertainment management; and Makayla Kisegy, accounting.

These seven were among 10,000 students from across the country, Puerto Rico, Haiti, China and the Virgin Islands.

For the emerging business issues category, recent Bardstown graduates Evan Newsome and Zane Rosenbaum presented the pros and cons of crowd-sourcing to a panel of judges.

Cora Berdal, a foreign exchange student from Norway, created a website for the electronic career portfolio category. Cora used the website to illustrate her future career plan, credentials and research to a panel of judges.

Isabel Martinez, a foreign exchange student from Spain, completed a two-part test for word processing. Prior to arriving at the conference, Isabel completed a production test at school in May. At the conference, she was given one hour to finish a 100-question test.

The Bardstown FBLA chapter brought home the Chapter Challenge finisher, Super Sweeps, and Action Awareness ribbons for exposing students to business- and education-related field trips and guest speakers, facilitating a service project to support the March of Dimes, and educating classmates on financial literacy.

In addition to the many conference activities, students had the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., to learn first-hand about U.S. history and government.

Prior to the trip, Evan Newsome was inspired to submit an application to present a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. His request was granted when he received an email from Arlington Cemetery extending an invitation to participate in the wreath delivering. Evan was able to invite additional participants, and students Isaac Kiser and Clay Newton joined. Together they presented a wreath with a custom Future Business Leaders of America ribbon.

In addition to Arlington National Cemetery, students visited important historical places such as Fort McHenry, Fells Point, Federal Hill, American History Museum, The Capitol, Washington Monument, and the Library of Congress.

Students were accompanied to Baltimore by Bardstown FBLA co-advisor Belinda Hodges and with chaperone Wendi Newsome, who served as a judge in two different events.

The Bardstown FBLA Chapter would like to thank the Bardstown Board of Education for their support of the Bardstown High School Business Department and BHS FBLA, Wendi Newsome for purchasing the wreath for the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, and Greg Spears for his dedication to the chapter as a co-advisor.