Kennett FBLA finishes in top 15 of the country

This article can be found published on The Kennett Paper‘s website and the Avon Grove Sun‘s website.
Kennett High School FBLA members Julia Rivera, Kiera Judge and Kristen Miller competed in the finals over the summer in California. (Candice Monhollan)

Kennett High School FBLA members Julia Rivera, Kiera Judge and Kristen Miller competed in the finals over the summer in California. (Candice Monhollan)

They didn’t realize it as they were competing, but Kennett High School seniors Kristen Miller, Julia Rivera and Kiera Judge set a precedent others want to follow.

The three girls, all members of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Entrepreneurial Team, advanced to the Finals in Anaheim, Calif., over the summer.

To even make it that far, they had to go through the regional and state rounds.

“It was really fun, especially because we weren’t really expecting it,” Rivera said.

Though the finals competition lasted only three days, the trio was able to spend a week in California to sightsee and enjoy the experience.

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“We got to tour Warner Bros. studio, which was really cool,” Rivera said. “And we went whale watching.”

Most of all, the group enjoyed spending time in Disneyland.

But when it came to the competition, the girls were all business.

Facing a field of roughly 100 other groups from across the United States, Kennett’s girls took a test and were able to make it to the final 15.

“We were actually in Disneyland when they posted the results,” Judge said. “We were on the Muppets ride when I saw [it] on the website.”

In the next round, the girls had to basically start from scratch for a new presentation.

They had to counsel the judges as if they were a new business. They were given a problem and had 15 minutes to prepare, which is something they have never experienced before in competition.

“We thought it would be more of a presentation like it was at state,” Miller said. “It was more of an interrogation.”

Though they didn’t make it to the top 10, the girls are happy with how far they have gotten and feel better prepared if they make it there again next year.

Starting out as freshmen in the club, they knew they progressed a long way from then.

“In sophomore year, we did a presentation and we had no idea [what we were doing],” Miller said. “We were kind of steered in the wrong direction.”

They enjoyed it enough to continue on and they will be participating in group events again this upcoming season.

Now that they’re back in school, the girls were surprised to see the recognition they received.

“My homeroom teacher held the paper up in homeroom,” Miller said.

Even outside of Kennett, the girls became known.

“In marching band, a teacher who doesn’t teach in the district congratulated me,” Rivera said. “I had my FBLA shirt on and she said, ‘I heard you did well.’”

Though the club is enjoyable, it has taught them invaluable experiences they can take with them to any career they choose.

“[The club] kind of convinced me I want to be a business attorney or economy major,” Judge said. “I think I want to be lawyer. These presentation skills will hopefully help me.”


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