Crowder College Student Takes First Place in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference

(Neosho, MO)Crowder College student Grant Preddy (Cassville) is the National Champion in Finance, a title he won at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL just last week. In addition, Crowder College student Jenna Ehrhardt (Neosho) took eighth place in Accounting.

Grant, Jenna, Shawn Boberg (Joplin), and Raven Vogelpohl (Fairview) represented Crowder College as they competed in their areas of business expertise, while also attending various business workshops and taking advantage of networking opportunities with businesses from across United States.

These students competed against major universities from across the country, as nearly every state sends their top competitors to represent their universities and colleges. In the Finance competition won by Preddy, second place went to a student from Penn State University, a school with a population of over 85,000 students.

The students who competed last week are already excited for next year’s National Conference and already have big goals.

“What is exciting is that these kids are already looking to next year! Jenna is already planning to win the National Championship in Accounting. Grant is wanting to do some type of performance event. and, Raven is excited about Marketing,” said Scott Donaldson, Crowder College Business Instructor and FBLA Sponsor.

FBLA is the world’s largest business career and technical student organization with a mission of preparing over 230,000 members for business careers.

About Crowder College: 

Crowder College was established in April 1963, as the voters of Newton and McDonald counties passed the issue to create a community college (formerly junior college) on the land formerly known as Camp Crowder. Today, the college provides services to a nine-county service region in southwest Missouri with locations in Neosho, Cassville, Joplin, McDonald County, Nevada and Webb City. The student population exists from within the four-state region, and around the globe. With over 80 degree and program options, the college is a great place to train for a career or transfer to a university.


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