Submitted by ~Kim Reynolds~
On November 9, 2012, eleven CoE students who are members of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) headed to downtown Phoenix for a fun filled afternoon of leadership development. Students attended the opening ceremony at US Airways Arena, where the Phoenix Suns Gorilla and Dunk Team entertained them until it was time for our keynote speaker. Keynote speaker, Patrick Grady, spoke of overcoming difficulties and persevering, even when everyone around you tells you that you cannot. He shared the story of Wilma Rudolph, the three event gold medal winner in the 1960 Olympics. She overcame premature birth, polio, and racial discrimination to become known as the fastest woman in the world. The students sat in rapt attention as the story unfolded, applauding every time he spoke of her success. However, the highpoint of the opening ceremony was when the state president of FBLA recognized ACYR CoE as a brand new Arizona Chapter attending the event.
After the opening ceremony, 3,000 FBLA and HOSA members walked from the US Airways Arena to the Phoenix Convention Center.
At the convention center, students had the opportunity to choose from over 30 different personal and professional development workshops during 3, 45 minute sessions. CoE students chose to attend a variety of workshops, including: “Think Before You Ink”, “Scholarships: Show Me The Money”, “You Go Girl!”, “Careers in the O.R.”, “The Future of Nursing”, “Compassionate Leadership”, and the overall favorite, “Pet First Aid and CPR”. After the workshops, students were asked if they learned anything. “Yeah, I learned to never give up”, stated Maria.
During the wrap up session, students participated in a Conga line, played games to meet new people, learned networking skills, and taught their adviser, Miss Kim, to dance “Gangnam Style”. They reconnected with FBLA State VP, Christina, and participated in an official FBLA “group hug”.
After closing ceremonies, it was off to dinner and to watch the Phoenix Suns beat the Cleveland Cavaliers!