Seven Wellsville business students earned the opportunity to compete at a national level this summer.

The FBLA students — including Ashley Ebeck, Alec Watson, Chase Bouse, Rebecka Ohlmeier, Mikayla Doulas, Ethan Myers and Ashtyn Rottinghaus — competed at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 25 through July 1. They earned the opportunity by placing first or second at the state conference in April.

Ebeck and Watson participated in business presentation, Bouse and Ohlmeier in digital video production, Doulas and Myers in digital design and promotion, and Rottinghaus in public speaking I and local chapter annual business report.

They competed with more than 9,000 students from around the world.

Although the three group presentations did not make finals, they represented Kansas well and performed their best. Rottinghaus was honored by receiving fourth place in the nation with her public speaking I speech. She also received a congratulatory letter from Gov. Sam Brownback, as did the other 17 Kansas individuals or groups that made the top 10 at the national competition.

The trip was not all business, however, as the Wellsville attendees were able to enjoy Newport Beach, Universal Studios and California Adventure Land theme parks, Warner Brother’s Studio and Hollywood. The three underclassmen who attended this year — Ebeck, Bouse and Rottinghaus — look forward to the opportunity of earning a spot to compete at nationals next summer in Nashville, Tenn., as well as other members of the Wellsville FBLA organization.

The officers then headed to Manhattan June 22 and 23 to attend the Summer Leadership Seminar. On their first day, they attended a leadership training workshop where Brittani Parker of Tri-Leadership facilitated. Her workshop included icebreakers and activities that promoted qualities such as leadership, collaborating with others and speaking.

The following day incorporated many workshops such as the icebreakers workshop which the chapter’s president, Ebeck, presenting along with Sarah Niederee. Other workshops included dining etiquette, running for a state FBLA office, useful apps, conducting meetings effectively, fundraising, dress for success, public speaking and the March of Dimes.

While there, the officer team had several opportunities to discuss new goals for its upcoming membership. One of its main goals is to increase membership while also increasing quality membership. The goal is 145 this year, which will be an increase of three members. The club plans to do this by increasing its social media presence and developing more social activities for its members. Wellsville FBLA now utilizes Instagram (Wellsville_Fbla), twitter (@WellsvilleFBLA), and Facebook (Wellsville Future Business Leaders of America) to increase communications. Another goal is to make members more active and involved in the chapter.

As in the past, FBLA members helped USD 289 get ready for the upcoming school year. The officers assisted with enrollment Aug. 1. They also aided the teachers in setting up their classrooms and getting ready for the 2013-2014 school year Aug. 12.

Once again, the club kicked off the school year with the annual Pool Party/Ice Cream Social Aug. 21 with 61 members attending. The club also is looking to get things started in the middle school by hosting the middle school’s “Welcome Back to School Dance,” planned for Aug. 23.