(Media release from Georgia Northwestern Technical College):

Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) student Nancy Johnson, a resident of Tunnel Hill, placed seventh in Foundations of Entrepreneurship at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Collegiate National Leadership Conference held June 24-27 in Orlando.

Five GNTC students competed in a total of eight competitions at the national FBLA competition. To be eligible to compete in the national competition, the students qualified at the state competition, where students from the 22 colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia gathered for leadership development sessions, as well as performance-based and written competitions. The state contest was held in March in Atlanta.

“I am so proud of all of these students and all of the instructors that have played a role in their education,” said Mark Upton, GNTC’s Marketing Management program director and FBLA coordinator. “They all competed strongly and represented GNTC well.”

Johnson also competed in the Organizational Behavior and Leadership competition.

Anna Cantrell competed in Retail Management. Cantrell resides in Rome and attends classes at the Floyd County Campus in Rome.

Esther Johnson, who resides in Rome and attends the Floyd County Campus, competed in Public Speaking.

Calhoun resident Josue Lopez, who attends classes at the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun, competed in Business Presentation and the Entrepreneurship Pitch Competition. Lopez also won the bronze medal in Masonry at the 2024 SkillsUSA Georgia State Leadership and Skills Conference earlier this year.

Brandon Wishon, a Dalton resident who attends classes at the Whitfield Murray Campus in Dalton, competed in Foundations of Communication and Future Business Executive.

Future Business Leaders of America is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association helping more than 230,000 students to prepare for careers in business and business-related fields. FBLA is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and organized on local, state and national levels.