Leland CTE Students Participate in National FBLA Conference

From left to right: Leland School District junior Yasmin Colon, Marketing instructor Joyce Hackler and junior Meara Brown pose at the Future Business Leaders of America national conference in San Antonio, Texas, this summer.

Two Leland School District Business Fundamentals and Marketing students traveled to Texas this summer and competed at the Future Business Leaders of America national conference.

Juniors Meara Brown and Yasmin Colon, along with instructor and sponsor Joyce Hackler, visited San Antonio from June 29 to July 2 after previously competing in schoolwide, regional and state events as first-year students. Their accomplishments include winning Mississippi’s Southern Entrepreneurship Program and placing first in their category for business ethics in the state. Brown was also elected a FBLA state officer for Mississippi’s chapter.


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