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FBLA National Competition
FBLA National Competition
DeAnn Malan
Friday, August 02, 2019

Missouri FBLA-PBL wins big at National Leadership Conference

Jacob Dierking who is a member of the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda Chapter from Santa Fe High School, along with Adviser Mrs. Sheryl  Wodrich recently traveled to San Antonio, Texas for the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference (NLC).  The NLC is the pinnacle of the year, with over 14,000 attendees and 140 competitive events. Attending students had to qualify after competing at the State Leadership Conference in Springfield, Missouri in April.

This year’s NLC brought members to the home of the Alamo and the famed Riverwalk – San Antonio, Texas – for several days of interactive leadership workshops from the KPMG, Tallo, and MBA Research.  Students also toured the sites around San Antonio and Austin, networked with members from other states and the world, and competed for national recognition and scholarship.

Student competitive events have topics ranging from Accounting to Marketing, Website Development to Personal Finance.  All competitive events are aligned to the standards taught in Missouri classrooms, allowing for an intra-curricular experience to showcase skill attainment.  Missouri FBLA brought home 41 Top 10 finishes and 68 trophies, with Missouri Phi Beta Lambda bringing home 48 Top 10 finishes and 69 trophies for a grand total of 137 trophies.

Jacob Dierking represented Santa Fe competing in Agribusiness.

Missouri FBLA-PBL also brought home numerous recognitions, including the largest state chapter in the North Central Region.  Ben Morrison (Otterville High School) was elected National North Central Region Vice President, and Robert Schwind (Smithville High School) took home 1st place in the pinnacle FBLA event – Future Business Leader.  Ft. Zumwalt South was recognized by Lead4Change for the work with Make a Wish, earning the Missouri/Kansas chapter a $10,000 donation

Missouri FBLA-PBL, a chartered member of National FBLA-PBL, is a registered 501(c)3.  Their mission inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.  Missouri FBLA-PBL membership exceeds 15,000, making it the second largest state chapter of the organization in the nation and the second largest career and technical student organization in Missouri.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Sheryl Wodrich at Santa Fe High School or email at