LCC FBLA Collegiate Competes at State-Qualifying for Nationals

February 29, 2024

Jeff Vesta
The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Collegiate group from Labette Community College (LCC) recently participated in the Kansas State Leadership Conference held at Pittsburg State University. The team, consisting of students Ty James, Mia Howard, and Jackson Fugate, competed in several events and all three qualified to compete in the National Leadership Conference scheduled for June. Cathy Kibler, the LCC FBLA Collegiate Advisor, accompanied the students to the conference.

Labette Community College (LCC) Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Collegiate attended the Kansas State Leadership Conference this past Saturday at Pittsburg State University. Three LCC students competed in various competitions, with each qualifying to compete at the National Leadership Conference in June, to be held in Orlando, Florida. In addition to competing in several events throughout the day, the FBLA team heard from LCC 1981 graduate Dr. Mark L. Johnson, who gave a great workshop titled "The Power of Engagement."

Mia Howard earned first place in Foundations of Technology and third place in Foundations of Entrepreneurship. Jackson Fugate placed second in the Entrepreneurship Pitch Competition.  Ty James, Mia Howard, and Jackson Fugate were awarded Who’s Who in Kansas Future Business Leaders of America.

“The knowledge our students have learned in their business classes shows through the awards they have earned at the state level,” stated Cathy Kibler, LCC FBLA Collegiate Advisor. “It is great to see my current and previous students continue to succeed in their educational and career endeavors. In addition to the current students' accomplishments, two former LCC students were recognized during the conference.  Spencer Grillot, a 2020 graduate and former LCC FBLA member, placed in several events to qualify for the National Conference.  Shawna Yockey, a 2015 graduate and former LCC FBLA member, was recognized with the FBLA Alumni of the Year Award.” 

The FBLA Collegiate organization (formerly Phi Beta Lambda) helps bridge the gap between the classroom and the business world by allowing students to learn first-hand about the business community.  For more information on LCC FBLA Collegiate, you can email Cathy at

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