Decked out in business suits and dresses, members of SG’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed at South Pasadena High School on Feb. 9 for the annual Gold Coast Section Conference. Students competed in over 30 events, including Management Decision Making, Cyber Security, and Personal Finance. SG placed fourth in Chapter Sweepstakes at the competition.
Of over 60 SG students who competed at sectionals, 25 placed top 10 in their events, including seniors Adeline Cheng, Jamie Fong, Selina Han, Shawn Ho, Sonam Huang, Yin Fang Huang, Caitlin Kan, Jacwa Lei, Irene Lu, Cynthia Ly, Chau Phong, and Roger Tran; juniors Tina Chuong, Celine Fung, Amanda Huang, Delane Ly, Katie Phan, Emily San, and Leyna Tran; sophomores Ryan Fung, Jason Phung, David Thai, and Brandon Tran; and freshmen Justin Fang and Andrew Lam.
“Overall I had a very fun and memorable experience with the competition,” senior Roger Tran, who placed second in Word Processing, said. “I didn’t think that competing in FBLA would be that much fun since the last two years I have gone, it felt like a normal competition. This time around I had more friends to talk to in between testing which made it very memorable and enjoyable.”
In between the different testing periods, students were able to attend the different workshops hosted by the Gold Coast board until it was time for the awards ceremony.
“I attended ‘How To Be An Interview MVP,’” senior Christopher Ta, Vice President of Membership, said. “I learned common things interviewers do and what the interviewer is looking for. There are multiple parts of the process like how to greet someone, what they’re looking for, what you should share, and how to close.”
Students from chapters across California who qualified for the state competition in their events will be competing at the 2019 State Leadership Conference at the Sacramento Convention Center from April 25-28.