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VI FBLA Middle Level Chapter Gets Top Honors at FBLA Natl Leadership Conference in Baltimore

Una Alexander, JHWJHS, VI FBLA ML Elevator Speech Winner, is seen with 2017-18 Southern Region Vice President Keenan Carter, who presented her with the First Place medal at the FBLA Middle Level Awards of Excellence Program held July 1 in Baltimore.

Una Alexander, a seventh grader at John H. Woodson Junior High School, received national recognition at the FBLA Middle Level Awards of Excellence Program held July 1 in Baltimore, earning first place in the organization’s Elevator Speech event.

Alexander was one of more than 9,600 of America’s best and brightest junior and senior high school students who traveled to Maryland to attend the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA & FBLA ML) National Leadership Conference held June 28–July 1. Participants from across the U.S. and abroad sought to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 70 business and business-related competitive events with the goal of being named among the top 10 in the nation and an opportunity to win more than $175,000 in cash awards.

In the Elevator Speech competition, participants must present to a state senator about how FBLA Middle Level helps students develop leadership skills and why it is important to have this organization in middle schools. The competitor must be prepared to leave at least one visual--a flyer or a brochure about FBLA ML and a business card--with the judges. The speech could be no longer than 30 seconds in length and judges role play the part of the senator. Judges ask up to two questions after the competitor has completed his or her speech.

This year was especially rewarding for VI FBLA, as it was the first time in the history of the conference that Middle Level Competitive Events were offered and the Virgin Islands brought home a first-place finisher.

“Enthusiasm is power. We grow when we are uncomfortable,” said presenter, Ryan Underwood.

Alexander’s award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that 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 competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational speakers on a broad range of business topics.


Good Afternoon, 

My name is Una Alexander and I am a member of the John H. Woodson Jr. High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America. This organization teaches confidence, reliability, responsibility, and ethics. As the brochure explains, FBLA Programs focuses on Leadership Development, Academic Competitions, Educational Programs, Community Service, Awards and Recognition. I believe that an investment in FBLA Middle-Level chapters in this community is an investment in our future.

Thank you.


About FBLA-PBL, Inc.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active 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, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit


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