Kayle Kessinger, Grace Fairchild, Melissa Tate and Kenyon Broten, members of the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America - Phi Beta Lambda Chapter from Aurora High School, recently traveled to Baltimore, Maryland for the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference (NLC) from June 28 to July 2. The NLC is the pinnacle of the year, with more than 15,000 attendees and 140 competitive events. Attending students had to qualify after competing at the State Leadership Conference in Springfield back in April.

This year’s NLC brought the Star Spangled members to the birthplace Banner -- Baltimore, Maryland -- for several days of interactive leadership workshops from the American Management Association, MBA Research and KPMG. Students also toured the sites around Baltimore and Washington, DC, networked with members from other states and the world and competed for national recognition and scholarship.

Aurora’s Sports and Entertainment Management team of Kessinger, Fairchild and Tate earned ninth place in the nation.

Student competitive events have topics ranging from Accounting to Marketing, Website Development to Personal Finance. All competitive events are aligned to the standards taught in Missouri classrooms, allowing for an intra-curricular experience to showcase skills taught. Missouri FBLA brought home 42 Top 10 finishes, with Missouri Phi Beta Lambda bringing home 42 Top 10 finishes for a grand total of 126 trophies.

Aurora members expressed thanks to the following sponsors who help fund the FBLA NLC trip to Baltimore: Jill Garoutte, Dillon Mattox, Barbara Burk, Molly Fairchild, First Independent Bank, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Bank of Billings, Rhonda Miller-Morrison and Walmart.