Students from around the region attend the FBLA Region II Leadership Conference in Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- More than 600 high school students from around the region were at Western Kentucky University on Friday to learn about leadership and business.

Students participated in competitive events and had opportunities to earn scholarships at the Future Business Leaders of America Region II Leadership Conference.

Scholarships were given out to finalists and some participants in a wide range of competitions from job interview skills, business development apps, mobile apps, scrapbooks and bulletin boards, said Andre Dowell, graduate student assistant at Western Kentucky University.

The conference helps students get a jump start on pursuing a future in business.

“This basically gives students the opportunity to develop their skills and ensure that they are gaining the right types of experience to assist throughout their high school journey and more importantly post-graduation,” said Dowell.

Many of the students attending the conference said that they’re excited to develop the skills and knowledge that will help them out in the future.

“I think it’s just a very neat opportunity for us to learn more about business, and it helps us explore what we might want to do in the future,” said Brooklyn Lasley, student at Hancock County High School in Lewisport.

One of the participants in the emerging business issues competition is a local student from Barren County High School.

“I want to do pre-dentistry, so I want to own my own practice as a dentist. It’s a little off the business path, but it still has a lot to do with it,” said Breanna Childres, student at Barren County High School.

Students who won competitions at Friday’s conference will advance to the state competition in Louisville on April 15.