Glenwood Demon takes fifth at business leaders comp
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Two state track relay event titles aren’t Allison Brown’s only claim to fame this year. Add a recent fifth-place finish in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) national competition to her growing list of both academic and athletic accomplishments.
Brown, who will be a senior at Glenwood Springs High School when the new school year begins Aug. 23, was one of just two state finalists who advanced to the July 14-17 FBLA nationals in Nashville, Tenn. She competed in the Public Speaking II event.
Brown wrote and presented a speech to a panel of judges, placing fifth among 105 competitors in the event. It was the first time a GSHS student has placed at nationals.
Overall, Brown was one of about 13,000 competitors from all 50 states who were trying to make it to nationals, including some 270 from Colorado alone.
“I had to go through a couple of levels of competition to get there, so it was a big goal of mine to make it to finals,” she said. “It’s really exciting to be able to accomplish that.”
At nationals, the competitors were required to give their speech in a preliminary round, from which 10 finalists were selected.
“We all got to get up on stage and present our speech one more time for the judges,” Brown said. “The speeches have to be about business in nature, and no more than five minutes long.”
Brown tied the FBLA goals into her speech, and also talked about New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Walt Disney and the country’s founding fathers.
“The Superbowl was an attention grabber,” she said. “It was an interview with Drew Brees after he won, asking what he was going to do now. ‘Going to Disney World!'”
That served as the set-up to talk about Walt Disney’s mantra of “Dream, Believe, Dare, Do.”
“I used those four steps in talking about our founding fathers, and how they used the same principles to achieve their success,” Brown said.
She was accompanied at the national competition by her parents, Roger and Lorrie Brown of Glenwood Springs.
Brown has been a part of FBLA since her sophomore year, when she competed in Job Interview, making it to the state finals. This school year, she’ll be an officer for Glenwood High’s FBLA chapter.
In addition to her academic successes, Brown was also a member of the GSHS Track and Field Team’s state champion girls 4×100 and 4×400 meter relay teams.
She is busy preparing for her senior year of high school, and beyond, working to narrow her list of college choices as well as her preferred area of study.
“I’ve still got a long list of colleges, but I like the University of Illinois and I fell in love with Vanderbilt while I was in Nashville,” she said. “Or, I may stay in state.”
Brown said she’s “pretty sure” she’ll study engineering or business when she gets to college.
She is also looking for local businesses to help sponsor the FBLA chapter, which includes about 30 GSHS students. Any businesses interested in a sponsorship can reach her at 274-8563.
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