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Los Altos High students score big at leadership conference

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Los Altos High School students, from left, Katherine Liu, Elaine Zhao and Jasmine Xu earned first-place honors in the Entrepreneurship category at a national leadership competition.

Orlando, Fla., a place where dreams come true, proved a suitable site for more than 8,000 of America’s best and brightest youth to showcase their talents as future business leaders.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, the largest and oldest student business organization, held its National Leadership Conference in Orlando June 28 to July 1. Participants from around the country attended the conference to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

The gathering was even more special for three students from Los Altos High School. Katherine Liu, Jasmine Xu and Elaine Zhao received national recognition at the Awards of Excellence July 1.

They competed in Entrepreneurship and brought home first place. The event recognizes members who demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to establish and manage a business, and is based on team rather than individual participation. Team participants demonstrate their speaking abilities and poise through oral presentations.

“This is really quite an achievement for our students,” said Michael Messner, co-adviser of the Los Altos High group with Derek Miyahara. “In less than five years of existence as a student organization at Los Altos, the club has gone from relative obscurity to a nationally recognized student group. It’s an enormous honor to take part in its creation.”

The award, part of a comprehensive national competitive events program, recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas.

For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Inc. is a non-profit education association with 250,000 members and advisers in 12,000 chartered middle school, high school and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Va., just outside Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit www.fbla-pbl.org.

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