Rome High FBLA 2018 leadership conference

Six Rome High FBLA members will attend the Georgia FBLA 2018 State Leadership Conference in March. From left are Hunter Erb, Nigara Nizamidin, Robert Connor, Whitman Chambers, Marianna Madera and McCallie Bing. (Photo contributed by Rome City Schools)

Six Rome High students will participate in the Georgia Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference in March.

These students competed against hundreds of students across the state to qualify for the conference, taking timed online tests in various business disciplines, such as accounting, business calculations and personal finance.

Rome’s students are:

McCallie Bing, who qualified for Accounting I; Hunter Erb, who qualified for Accounting I; Nigara Nizamidin, who qualified for Business Calculations; Robert Connor, who qualified for Business Calculations and for Personal Finance; Whitman Chambers, who qualified for Business Communication; and Marianna Madera, who qualified for Introduction to Financial Math.

Jane Moore, who serves as the adviser for Rome High’s FBLA, said qualifying can be difficult and the students’ rankings can show how competitive the categories can be.

“Nigara was 74th out of 411 in the state in her category, Whitman was 41st out of 616, and Marianna was 51st out of 453,” Moore said.

The importance of understanding the different aspects of business is what drew the students to join FBLA, they agreed.

“Everything has business in it,” explained Chambers. “I would like to be a physical therapist or an athletic trainer, but I also want to open my own business.”

“When I first signed up, I was looking for leadership skills and just to see where FBLA could take me,” said Connor.

The Leadership Conference will be held in Atlanta on March 23 and 24. The six Rome High students will complete another online test in their categories before the conference. They also will participate in some onsite events and be able to meet other FBLA members from across the state and participate in workshops.