Parker Snook, a SHS junior, prepares to present at FBLA conference in Utah

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Parker Snook, Scappoose High School junior, and Jake Stafford, SHS Senior, were granted the opportunity to represent their school at the Future Business Leadership Conference last June in Aniheim, Calif. Also pictured are Melanie Naillon and Makayla Bennett, St. Helens High School Seniors who also qualified for the event. Parker Snook, a junior at Scappoose High School, hit the road Thursday, Nov. 21, to present to officers and students with Future Business Leaders of America at the organization’s national fall leadership conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. FBLA is a student-based organization geared toward providing opportunities for students to develop leadership skills. Snook qualified for the trip following his success at an earlier FBLA event.

Snook and Jake Stafford, a senior at SHS, represented Scappoose High School at the FBLA national leadership conference in Anaheim, Calif., last June. Both worked throughout the previous school year to qualify to attend the conference and each placed first in their respective categories.

Snook gave a presentation to the Scappoose School District Board of Directors about he and Stafford’s trip at a board meeting Nov. 12.

Both qualified for the Anaheim event in the Banking and Financial Systems category by placing first at a state business leadership conference last April in Portland.

While in Anaheim, Snook ran a successful national campaign, winning the title of Western region vice president of FBLA. “For me, it’s been a great opportunity to travel and learn a wide array of skills,” he said.

Snook said the FBLA Western region includes Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Only 2 percent of FBLA members in the United States qualify for the trip to Anaheim every year, according to a press release sent by Snook and Stafford. The students listened to acclaimed keynote speakers, competed in multiple competitions and online tests, visited Universal Studios and Disneyland with Oregon FBLA, and met thousands of other teens across the nation who share a similar passion for business.

Snook said he also visited Washington, D.C., over the summer with FBLA where he met with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and discussed the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act, an act Snook says he advocates for that allocates federal funding to vocational and technical programs for youth and adults.

After he graduates in 2015, Snook said he hopes to attend Santa Clara University in California and study business, politics and Spanish.

FBLA is the world’s largest student business organization with more than 215,000 members worldwide.

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