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Midland FBLA Collegiate Students Earn Top Spot at Career Connections Conference


Two Midland University students recently brought home top honors from the FBLA Collegiate Career Connections Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

Lilly Rowe and Scott Tatum teamed up with Payden Tracy of Wayne State College to take first place in the Case Study competition. About 200 collegiate students from across the nation attended the event, which also featured students taking part in leadership training sessions and learning from some of the top executives in the country.

Tatum and Rowe’s case study involved studying the decline of Certified Public Accountants in Iowa. “We had to research the problem, create a presentation with solutions, a budget, and a timeline, then present it to four judges,” Rowe said. “No one in our group was an accounting major, so we had to put in quite a few hours of work.

“One of our advisors saw the scores before they were announced and jokingly convinced us we hadn’t done very well. So when they announced our group had won it, we were all very excited. The whole competition was a great learning experience, and doing well was the cherry on top!”

The event focused on connecting talented students from across the nation with business and industry professionals. It allowed students to work on interviewing techniques, building personal brands, and navigating potential careers.

“It’s always a great opportunity to represent Midland and the business program,” Tatum said. “I am excited to see how our FBLA Collegiate chapter performs at the state conference next semester.”

The Nebraska FBLA State Leadership Conference will take place April 11-13 in Kearney.

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