Student business leaders advance in competition


Photo courtesy of Ty Watkins

Jefferson Chang, Neil Tengbumroong and Vinay Bhupatiraju placed first in their events at the Inland Section Conference.

Justin Prakaiphetkul, Contributing Writer

Thirty nine Diamond Bar High School students who attended the Future Business Leaders of America Inland Section Conference qualified for the State Leadership Conference, while the DBHS team finished third.

The events held at Los Osos High School earlier this month were separated into different categories: presentation events, objective testing, speech events and team performance. Objective testing events involved a 100-question timed multiple choice test, while speech events required students to speak as if they were in a real-world business situation.

Senior Sabrina Tseng placed first in Cyber Security and seniors Vinay Bhupatiraju, Neil Tengbumroong and junior Jefferson Chang placed first as a team in Management Decision Making. Junior Rajvir Dua placed first in Business Calculations.

In addition, freshman Mark Tan placed first in Introduction to Financial Math.

Three weeks prior to the event, FBLA members prepared by attending after school study sessions, where they took practice tests. Members also self-studied in preparation for the competition.

Junior Grant Wu, who placed third in Accounting I, felt that some of the other schools had an advantage in competitive events.

“Other schools have much more developed business classes,” Wu said. “That’s why I have so much pride for my school, we can win with our sheer independent abilities.”

The State Leadership Conference will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center from April 6 to 9. Those who finish in the top three of the State Leadership Conference will advance to the National Leadership Conference from June 29 to July 2, located in Anaheim.