2017-02-17 / Schools
Leading the way
Moorpark High students head north to state business competition
But first, they’re headed to the state capital.
On Feb. 4, they competed against 12 other high schools throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties at the Gold Coast Sectional Competition at Westlake High School.
While MHS took eighth place overall, 20 of the 50 Moorpark competitors qualified to advance to the State Leadership Conference.
That tournament will be held April 6 to 9 in Sacramento.
At the regional competition, students participated in several online and oral tests that covered a variety of business-related topics including accounting, public speaking, management, computer applications and job interviews.
“There’s a ton of options and I think that’s one of the great things about our club is that we cater to everybody,” said senior Reshmika Ramesh, the president of Moorpark’s FBLA club.
The 17-year-old placed fifth as part of a team in Management Decision-Making and second in the Future Business Leader categories.
The Management Decision- Making competition was a team effort that involved answering 100 multiple choice questions, Reshmika said.
For the Future Business Leader portion of the event, she wrote a cover letter and resume and participated in a business interview, all rated by a panel of judges.
“I’ve been lucky enough to place all four years,” she said. “I’m never sure of how I’m going to do when I go into it, but it’s always a pleasant surprise when I end up doing well.”
As a freshman, she was drawn to the FBLA program, which aims to prepare students for careers in business and leadership.
“(It’s for) people who want to grow their skills while they’re in high school,” Reshmika said. “Our hope is that our members will leave and . . . can not only be successful in their careers but also be active members of the community.”
The club, comprised of about 60 students, is sponsored by several community organizations including the Moorpark Chamber of Commerce, Moorpark Rotary Club, Moorpark Education Foundation and Moorpark Women’s Fortnightly Club.
“Generally, we have been doing very well and I think that comes from the support of our teachers,” the club president said. “It’s also the immense support from our community that allows us to go and compete at these competitions.”
Reshmika looks forward to competing with her fellow business leaders in Sacramento.
“We’re really excited about the opportunity to be in the state capital and doing some sightseeing while we’re at it,” she said.
Walter Weis, the club’s advisor, is also eager to see how the students perform at the statewide contest.
“I am incredibly proud of these students because . . . they need to be entirely self-motivated to find the time in their already busy schedules to prepare and study for these competitions,” he said. “It requires a tremendous amount of dedication to reach the elite level required to qualify for state.”
In addition, he said FBLA members do most of the work required to keep the program growing, such as organizing fundraisers.
“Many of our state qualifiers are also on the leadership board and have shown incredible selflessness by sacrificing their time to make sure this organization is well-funded and organized for the other student competitors,” Weis said.
The students of Moorpark’s FBLA club need about $8,000 to $10,000 to attend the state tournament in Sacramento. To donate, email Weis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Moorpark FBLA, visit www.mrpkhsfbla.weebly.com.