FBLA Members Inspired by SLC

Nine members from Garden Spot Future Business Leaders of America attended the FBLA State Leadership Conference held in Hershey, Pennsylvania from April 16 – 18.  3700 + students attended the conference.  The theme for the 2011-2012 SLC was, “Gateway to Greatness.”  Students attended workshops, listened to speaking and performance events, voted for the 2012-2013 officers, competed against other PA FBLA members from across the state, listened to Keynote Speaker, Josh Sundquist, networked with leadership presenters, and made new friendships with PA FBLA members!

Ethan Spadino, Mrs. Hackman, Peter Fortuna and Tolea Grigorutsa met Keynote Speaker, Josh Sundquist.  Josh motivated students to pursue their dreams no matter what bull they may face.  Josh is an amputee who lost his leg due to cancer at 9 years old.  Since then, he has gone on to inspire people around the country by sharing his experiences of competing on the Paralympic Ski Team and becoming a best seller author.  To learn more about Josh, visit his website.

On the last night of the SLC, students went to the closing ceremony where they listened to Cooper Nordquist, PA FBLA President; speak about his journey to meet his goal of attending West Point.  Through all the time and preparation, he was accepted into West Point with three Congressional Nominations.  But soon after being accepted, he was disqualified.  Through this very disappointing situation, Cooper found the light at the end of the tunnel.  He was accepted to American University.  He learned that life is not about the destination, it is about the journey.





(Photo from left:  Jennie Wenger, Dina Novic, Ethan Spadino, Peter Fortuna, Cooper Nordquist (PA FBLA President), Alex Aharonian, Tolea Grigorutsa, and Maddy George)


The State Leadership Conference inspired Garden Spot students to keep reaching for their goals and to always give their best!

Garden Spot students found their Gateway To Greatness!

7 thoughts on “FBLA Members Inspired by SLC

  1. 2011-2012 SLC was awesome! We had so much fun, and the experience was very educational. I learned a lot of good stuff about business and leadership. This experience was definitely worth all the money, etc. It gave me more info on how to continue on with my future college and career plans. I really cannot wait till next year!

  2. The FBLA States Leadership Conference was a great learning and fun experience! I really enjoyed going to the Networking workshop! It was very insightful but also very fun. I really hope I make it to the SLC next year!

  3. This was another year of fun educational experience at the FBLA SLC. The networking workshop I attended gave me insight as to how being confident and outgoing enables you to expand your “human network.” The people you meet and converse with will help you gain a foothold above your competitors when becoming an entrepreneur in the business world.

  4. FBLA SLC was an awesome expirence and I learned allot of new things that will be helpful in the future! At the conference I gained confidence and also knowledge about business through all of the workshops. States was allot of fun and I cant wait till next year!

  5. I got to go to the Hershey Lodge for the FBLA SLC. It was really fun, inspirational, and educational. We got to attend as many cool workshops as we wanted which taught us a lot. In the evening, we had bigger meetings where everyone would group together to listen to a keynote speaker and our state officers. I learned a lot and had a super fun time!

  6. The FBLA conference this year was so much fun for me. I thought the workshops were much more interesting and I loved the keynote speaker we had. I would say my favorite workshop I attended was the “Leader in you”; the speaker was funny and I could relate to everything he said. The whole trip was just a great overall experience and I am glad I got the chance to attend.

  7. I am so proud of my FBLA members! I was very impressed that all GSFBLA members took advantage of the many educational experiences offered at the SLC. GS students were very professional! They came back home with new friendships, excitement for FBLA, and a wealth of knowledge to help them become great Future Business Leaders of tomorrow! Can’t wait for next year!

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