Catawba College students receive national recognition at FBLA-C conference

Published 2:59 pm Wednesday, July 12, 2023

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Catawba College students Emma Nantz and Samuel Granillo earned national recognition by placing in their respective events at the Future Business Leaders of America – Collegiate Division National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Students that qualified in their state conference convene at the national conference to compete against students from around the country.

At the NLC, Nantz, a former Stanly County resident, successfully placed in the top 10 for her event, Organizational Behavior & Leadership, earning a 5 th-place finish.

Granillo also placed in the top 10 for his event, Marketing Concepts, earning a 7th -place finish.

“I was honored to compete in FBLA-C Nationals for my second time as an undergraduate student,” said Nantz. “I learned so much about how everyday business networking conversations happen, and I was able to place 5th in my event. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have attended and hope to do so next year.”

Five students from Catawba qualified in one or more events at Nationals including Lille Martin, Madison Smith, Rachel Webster, Harmony Speer, Granillo and Nantz. Of the five students that qualified for Nationals, Nantz, Rachel Webster and Granillo competed in Atlanta.

“All three competitors at the National Leadership Conference qualified by being among the top three competitors in their respective events at the State Competition in April,” said Dr. Pamela Thompson, Catawba’s FBLA-C advisor. “Emma and Sam, along with all of the competitors, continue a long tradition of earning top honors nationally for our FBLA-C Chapter and we couldn’t be prouder of our students.”

Dr. Jennifer Yurchisin, professor of marketing at Catawba College, chaperoned the students in Atlanta.

“Traveling to the FBLA-C National Conference was a terrific experience for me and the students,” she said. “Being able to network in person with students and advisors from other colleges was invaluable. I am so proud of our Catawba students. They have this wonderful achievement to add to their resumes as they transition from college to the work world.”

Recently rebranded Future Business Leaders of America – Collegiate, previously Phi Beta Lambda, held the four-day FBLA National Leadership Conference. This is the pinnacle experience for members of the middle school, high school and collegiate divisions, where students can expect competitive events, leadership sessions, networking and the closing awards ceremony.

Nantz is a rising Honors Senior at Catawba College double majoring in Spanish with a minor in Humanities and Business Administration with concentrations in Economics and International Business. She has served as president of Catawba’s FBLA-C Chapter for two years.

Webster graduated in May 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in General Management and a minor in Communication.
Granillo graduated in May 2023 with a Bachelor of Integrated Marketing and Communications. He served as the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for Catawba College’s FBLA-C Chapter during the 2022-23 academic year.