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​Washington County Recognized with Top Honors at FBLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio
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Monday, July 22, 2019

Washington County Recognized with Top Honors at FBLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio

More than 12,000 of America’s best and brightest high school students traveled to Texas to Create, Lead, & Inspire as they competed for the opportunity to win more than $175,000 in cash awards.

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference was held June 29–July 2 in San Antonio. Participants from across the United States and abroad attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 70 business and business-related competitive events.

Jacob Toole from Washington County High School received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2. Toole competed in Cybersecurity and brought home third place and a cash award. This event was a test which tested an individual’s knowledge of viruses, spam, spyware, network security, disaster recovery, email security, intrusion detection, authentication, public key, physical security, cryptography, forensics security, and cyber security policy.

Addi Mann also from Washington County High School received national recognition. Mann competed in Database Design and Applications and brought home seventh place. This event has 2 parts. The first part production, comprised 85% of the score and tested for  Multiple Table Database Design; Table Creation, Inserting Data into Tables; Table SQL Statements; Creation of Forms/Reports. The second portion was an objective test which tests for Data Definitions/Terminologies; Query Development; Table Relationships; Form Development; Reports and Forms.

“I was very proud of all my students. Jake spent an hour each day studying and Addi had spent many hours studying in advance of her production test. The hard work paid off,” said Michelle Bruna, adviser.

Sean Bruna represented the school and the state of Kansas while fulfilling his state officer duties. He was in charge of the state sunflowers that were brought to different events. 

Other competitors were Tyler Nelson in Electronic Career Portfolio, Kirsten Ouellette in Computer Applications, and McKenzie Metz in Management Information Systems.

The awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational speakers on a broad range of business topics.