Sheboygan North High School's Kevin Chen, Matthew Griffith, and Tyler Stank attended the 2010 FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, from July 14-July 17, 2010.
Griffith graduated from North High in June. He competed in the event of Computer Game & Simulation Programming. Through his fine efforts and studying - Matt placed first in the nation - simply the best. Simply the Best was the 2009-2010 FBLA theme. Griffith was also a National Champion in last year's FBLA National Competition.
Before the conference started, Griffith had to write a computer program game with a business emphasis. He spent over 200 hours on the coding and making the fine toning adjustments over a few months
While in Nashville, Griffith successfully advanced from the preliminary round by presenting his work to a panel of three judges. Only the top twelve competitors advanced to the final round. He had to wait until 12:30 am to find out if he advanced. On the next day, Matt presented his program to a panel of four judges in a seven-minute time frame while an additional three minutes were given for the judges to ask any questions. Griffith 's performance earned him the championship.
Chen will be entering his fourth year at North High this year. He advanced from the FBLA state leadership conference in Cyber Security. In Nashville, Chen took a test consisting of 100 questions covering a wide area of rules over computer and networking protection. His score did not warrant him a top ten spot.
Stank, who was attending his first national leadership conference, competed in the Business Math event. Stank, a sophomore this past year at North, took a test on all areas of math in the business world. Likewise, he did not place in the top ten.
While competing with the best from over 40 states and Canada, the North FBLA members attended workshops, leadership labs, voted for the 2010-2011 leadership for national officer positions, and networked with other FBLA students from across the country. Each North member was either first or second at the FBLA State Leadership Conference this past April.
FBLA is the largest business student vocational education organization. There are nearly 250,000 FBLA members across the United States and Canada. Over 7500 members attended the conference in Nashville.
Advisors for FBLA at North High School are Linda Bolgert and Tom Gross.