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The chapter attended the FBLA National Leadership Conference and took time to enjoy San Antonio's attractions

COURTESY PHOTO: KIEL MARTIN - Molalla FBLA members pose at The Alamo during their San Antonio Spanish Mission tours. The group visited San Antonio from June 27 to July 3 to compete in the National Leadership Conference, and while they were there, took full advantage of the attractions Texas has to offer.

Eighteen Molalla FBLA members competed at the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas last month. While they didn't come home with any trophies, they did come away with new business tools and tons of memories.

This is the third year in a row that Molalla FBLA has won big at state and advanced to the national level, according to Chapter President Kiel Martin. He took an optimistic stance on how the national competition went for Molalla members.

"Sadly, Molalla FBLA didn't place on anything, but the most important part is that they worked hard on their competitions and had much more understanding of the business world," Martin said.

In addition to competitions, throughout the conference, Molalla's FBLA members attended several workshops, including Introduction to Design, Tips and Tricks for a Better Chapter and Interview Skills for Young Workers.

One thing that stuck out to chapter member Elizabeth Rodriguez was, "how being unique is good and how uniqueness increases the chances a company will hire you because you're unlike any other person."

COURTESY PHOTO: KIEL MARTIN - Molalla FBLA members enjoy a river cruise in San Antonio, Texas during their visit for the National Leadership Conference last month.

The Molalla students also took full advantage of what San Antonio had to offer. On the very first day, they were impressed by the River Walk and enjoyed a river cruise.

"Texas has a very welcoming environment that pleases tourists to come back over and over again," said FBLA member Tanner Foss.

Chapter members went to Six Flags with other Oregon FBLA chapters, where members and advisers mingled, networked and had some fun, Martin said.

They also went to Sea World for chapter bonding, explored the San Antonio Mission tours, visited Texas hill country, went to Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and strolled the old German town of Fredericksburg.

Now, the students bring pieces of their experience back with them and will get to work for a new year of FBLA activities.

Kristen Wohlers
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