On June 27, Lori Nelson and Kody Timm, FBLA sponsors, traveled to Chicago with 17 FBLA National competitors for National FBLA. Students competing included Lauren Herman, Cade Killin, EV Vasquez, Johny Quintana, Kenneth Lindholm, Diego Jimenez, Kailar Hayes, Gage Sprague, Wendy Chaparro, Ethan Schneller, Jimena Nunez, Jadon Frost, Tayla Martin, Hannah Lindholm, Fatima Nunez, Ben Kleve, and Leah Struckmeyer. Parents Emma Sprague and Kim Killin were also able to attend as national judges and participants.
In addition to competing against students from all 50 states and multiple countries, students enjoyed attending workshops, opening and closing sessions, expos, and seeing the city. There were approximately 11,500 students in attendance, with only the top 6% students in the nation receiving trophies. Holyoke had six students make it to the finals for Colorado. Those students making it to the final round included Holyoke’s 3D animation team of Gage Sprague, Johny Quintana and Kailar Hayes. The American Enterprise team consisting of Jimena Nunez, Hannah Lindholm, and Fatima Nunez also made it to finals and went on to place 5th in the nation!