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!