BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Students were buzzing around the DoubleTree Wednesday afternoon as they prepared for the annual Future Business Leaders of America Conference.
“We have about 700 students coming in from all over the state. Some of them are coming in as semi-finalists in certain events. Others are here for taking written tests and interviews,” said FBLA State Conference Chairman Frank Basile.
Students are put into events with plenty of public speaking and competition while also networking with professionals. Many of these events pay off big time as well.
“Many times the events that they’re in provide scholarships and experiences that they could get nowhere else. A lot of the students from here will move on to national conference,” said Basile.
Many times, students return year after year to continue to learn and experience more. One student even won an award in a new category last year: broadcast journalism.
“We had still pictures, moving videos, but everything was live. So, a lot of movement, a lot of teamwork was involved,” said Valley Central High School senior Safiyyah Savage.
The students performed a live presentation to judges, who determined Savage and her partners had the best story. All of these experiences gave her important skills for the future.
“You have to be confident. You probably have to do something kind of weird. You have to do something that’s out of the box, be creative. It allows you to be a different person and allows you to grow as a person,” said Savage.
One of our producers, Seth Finkelstein, was a judge for the broadcast journalism competition today. Aside from the competitions, workshops and networking events are held over the three days as well.