By FRAN MAYE
Two Kennett High School graduates beat out 10,000 other students by placing in the top 10 of a national Future Business Leaders of America contest recently in Nashville, Tenn.
Julia Rivera and Kristen Miller earned the honor after competing in front of a three-judge panel and answered questions spontaneously. Their category was business ethics, and Miller and Rivera discussed copyright infringement plaguing the British band One Direction. The British band was sued by a U.S. band of the same name, demanding $1 million in damages and asking the British band to change its name. In the end, the U.S. band changed its name to Unchartered Shores.
“A lot of what we discussed was the fact that One Direction had problems with copyright infringement all the time, but when they wrote their own music, never had problems,” Rivera siad. “It was interesting to see how people pay people off so they don’t get in trouble.”
Rivera and Miller placed 10th. . Each received a trophy, and was called on stage before the 10,000 competitors and advisers in attendance. There they vied for the opportunity to win over $165,000 in cash awards.
“This was a huge success for these girls who worked so hard to accomplish this finish,” said Lisa Teixeira, the KHS faculty member who accompanied the team to Nashville.
In order to compete at the national level, the team had to succeed at the Pennsylvania FBLA Conference and Competition held in April. Each state may submit three teams composed of two to three members from active local chapters.
. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.
Last year, Rivera, Miller and Kiera Judge got to the final round in the Entrepreneurship event at the national conference in Anaheim, California.
Rivera said she and Miller had fun, but are also proud of their accomplishments.
“We were so happy, and we made good friends with a girl from Springfield,” Rivera said. “She said we were the only ones up there smiling and happy.”
Rivera will attend Auburn University in the f all, and Miller will attend Cornell University.
Julia Rivera is the daughter of Leonard Rivera of Avondale and Gayle Lafferty of Glen Mills. Kristen Miller is the daughter of Greg Miller and Carol Miller, both of Avondale. Both girls are 2014 graduates of Kennett High School and participated in FBLA throughout their high school careers. The Kennett High School FBLA advisor is Bill Fritsch.