Huntsman Post

Huntsman School of Business sponsors event that draws hundreds of high school students

By Connor Child

Two business clubs teamed up in mid-December for an event at Utah State University that drew nearly 300 high school students.

The students came from 20 different high schools on Dec. 15 to participate in the USU Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) invitational. The event was hosted by Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) and sponsored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

While many USU students were preparing for or taking finals, the FBLA students focused on tests of their own. They separated into groups to be quizzed on business, leadership and other areas. They practiced their job-interviewing skills and refined their public-speaking abilities.

Lori Taylor, a PBL officer, said the students learned valuable skills while preparing for and executing the tests. She also said the invitational provided students a great opportunity to meet other students from different high schools.

“The FBLA has no requirements regarding school size, chapter membership size or major interests,” Ms. Taylor said. “Students from the smallest schools get to meet, mingle with and compete against students from the biggest schools.”

Phi Beta Lambda President Kade Hansen commended the high school students for their early preparation to become future business leaders.

“We live in an ever-changing business environment,” Mr. Hansen said. “By the time you finish college, many of the most in-demand jobs may not now exist. You are preparing yourselves for whatever is in store for you by obtaining and refining business skills early in your lives.”

Nearly 300 students gather to hear instructions at the Future Business Leaders of
America invitational.

Photo by Sterling Morris