Six Zachary High School students and one former student attended the National Leadership Conference for Future Business Leaders of America in Chicago.
The college conference was June 23-27 while the high school conference was June 29 to July 2.
Before participating nationally, the students competed in the FBLA state conference in March: Kennedy Wilcher won first place in public speaking, Ciara Gibbs finished second in insurance and risk management, and the team of Grady Cunningham, Adrianna Holivay and Victor Lee finished in second place in entrepreneurship, qualifying them all for the national conference. Students earning the top three spots advanced to nationals.
At nationals, Gibbs finished 10th but was the only girl to finish in the top 10.
Additionally, she is the 2015-16 FBLA District VI vice president.
Kristina Bynum, a 2014 ZHS graduate, represented the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as a member of the collegiate FBLA-Phi Beta Lambda organization.
She competed and won first place in business presentation and advanced from the preliminary round to the final round, competing against 14 other students.
The top 10 students advanced to the Awards of Excellent ceremony, where Bynum won second place overall.
Collegiate students must place in the top two spots at the state competition to advance to nationals.
The conference invites students from across the nation to compete in business and career-related subjects, recognizing and rewarding excellence in each of the areas, according to Zachary High business teacher Rosetta Bynum, Kristina Bynum’s mother.
“For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers,” Rosetta Bynum said.
Zachary’s G’kobee Wallace attended the FBLA conference but did not compete.