South El Monte High School FBLA Students Score Well at Conference

Anne Donofrio-Holter
March 21, 2014 • 509 views

South El Monte High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students received 36 awards at this year’s FBLA Mission Valley Section Leadership Conference held at Magic Mountain.  FBLA is an organization that focuses on promoting business skills and student leadership through various projects and competitions.
“Our team made us proud with their hard work and dedication and for achieving third place in Sweepstakes,” said teacher Tam Wong.  “We also made history this year with 21 state qualifiers.”
Along with over 425 of their peers representing ten schools in the East Los Angeles Region, South El Monte High School students competed in individual and team competitions dealing with subjects ranging from word processing to public speaking, global business to accounting, entrepreneurship to parliamentary procedures and spreadsheet applications to insurance and risk management.  Students also attended leadership training workshops.
“FBLA challenges me to exceed my expectations and step out of my comfort zone,” said student Nathalie Nguyen.
“Interacting with people from different schools was a great experience,” said student Nathan To.
In the afternoon, students had a chance to unwind at Magic Mountain as they waited for the awards ceremony later that evening in the park’s Magic Moment theatre.
“The students had a chance to release their energy at Magic Mountain as they anxiously awaited to hear their names announced,” said Wong.
For student Tieu-Vy Huynh, it was both an exciting and nerve wrecking experience.
Congratulations to the following students who earned honors in their respective events and will now go on to the state competition this April: Richer Le, Yvonne Chau, Kevin Le, Raymond Chau, Jason Qu, Kelsey Tang, Quang To, Jackie Ma, Veronica Chen, Tieu-Vy Huynh, Judy Tan, Danny Tan, Matthew Aguilar, Kenneth Truong, Andrew Nguyen, Emmerick Doan, Yuanyi Liang, Nathalie Nguyen, Bryan Huynh, Danielle Hernandez and Sybil Hudgins-Hernandez.
“All our members worked hard to achieve their objectives,” added Wong.  “Each member represented South El Monte High School proudly.”
Also bringing home awards were Luis Sanchez, Tobias Gonzalez, Victoria De La Cruz, Warren Duong, Karen Chau, Nathan To, John Hua,  Beatriz Aguilar, Kevin Gutierrez, Siying Yu, Grace Moreno and Delver Cardona.
“Being named top ten in my freshman year and winning my first FBLA award were the best moments ever,” said student Tobias Gonzalez.
“We at South El Monte High School thank our FBLA students for their hard work and dedication,” added principal Oscar Cisneros.  “Congratulations to each and every one of them.”
“FBLA has really shown me what I am capable of,” said student Beatriz Aguilar.
“Experiencing success only foreshadows future accomplishments.  Expect more of yourself,” added student Bryan Huynh.
Mission Valley is the seventh and newest section of California FBLA.  It was established when it split from the Gold Coast Section in 2012.

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