Last February when the Colusa FBLA chapter hosted the Northern Section Leadership Conference, the campus was abuzz with activity, however this year, was an all together different story as while Colusa’s members were on campus for the proceedings, everything else transpired in a virtual manner.
The three-day event running from February 5-7 included 36 competitions, the election of section officers and a live-streamed awards ceremony.
Nine Northern Section schools including Colusa, Maxwell, and Pierce participated, although the RedHawk contingency was by far the largest from the county and came away with seven winning efforts and seven more top three finishers.
Those garnering first place included Kelsea Whiting (Future Business Leader); Lucian Manor (Economics); Renee Wrysinski (Public Speaking); Luke Kalfsbeek (Creed); Abigail Wolf (Supply Chain Management); Adrian Perez and Abigail Smith (International Business); along with Whiting, Wrysinski, and Edgar Garcia (Broadcast Journalism).
Whiting, the State FBLA President and a senior at Colusa High School said she is grateful, not only to have a chance to participate in what would be her final section leadership conference, but also to the officers and chapter members who worked to get the conference up and running.
“Having the opportunity to compete in the virtual FBLA Section Conference was extremely rewarding as it gave us members a sense of normalcy in this unprecedented year. I am impressed by the hard work and dedication of the Northern Section Leadership Team as they planned and executed a virtual event in which all members could partake. The conference was fabulously executed and while virtual, it was great to be able to interact with other chapter members from throughout Northern California,” Whiting said.
Another highlight from the conference was the election of Colusa’s Jaspreet Shoker as Section Vice-President.
Shoker, a junior who has served as the section secretary in 2020-21, should be installed in her new position at the State Leadership Conference and is looking forward to her new responsibility saying via text that she was excited to be representing Colusa High School and was looking forward to what lies ahead in her FBLA journey.
The FBLA State Leadership Conference is scheduled for April and will also take place virtually, which is a complicated undertaking given the large numbers of participants. Contestants finishing first in their respective events automatically advance to the state competition. ♣