Knox student wins top honor at national competition

Amanda Wahlstedt, Ryan Yother, Brandi Mills, Chris Gibson, advisor Virgena Rhodes, Hannah Mills, and Ashley Kozlow
Amanda Wahlstedt, Ryan Yother, Brandi Mills, Chris Gibson, advisor Virgena Rhodes, Hannah Mills, and Ashley Kozlow

For the first time ever, a Knox Central High School student has won first place honors in the national Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competition.

Chris Gibson, a recent graduate of Knox Central, completed his high school career on Thursday, July 2, by earning a first place win in the Word Processing event held as part of the FBLA national conference in Chicago.

Gibson, and other national finalists from Knox Central, were among more than 8,500 of America’s best and brightest high school students that traveled to the Windy City to showcase their talents as future business leaders and vie for the opportunity to win.

In addition to securing the first place trophy, Gibson also received $750 in cash from participating sponsors of the event.

The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, like Gibson, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers.

Also competing at the national competition from Knox Central were finalists Ashley Kozlow, Brandi Mills, Hannah Mills, Amanda Wahlstedt, and Ryan Yother.  The students had previously won high honors at the state leadership conference which qualified them to attend and compete at the national level.

In addition to being in the spotlight in Chicago, locally Gibson will be honored by the Knox County Board of Education during their July meeting.  A road sign is being planned to recognize his achievement and will appear on US 25 E.

Future Business Leaders of America the largest and oldest student business organization.  Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.   Chapter advisors at Knox Central are Virgena Rhodes, Renee Adams and Frank Shelton.