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Marshall Irby and Ethan Perez put their problem solving skills to the test earlier this month at the National Future Business Leaders of America conference in San Antonio.

The two recent graduates from Harlingen High School South were rewarded with a second place trophy in the Management Informational Systems competition.

“For me, FBLA was a beginning to a beginning,” said Perez, who will be studying business at the University of Texas at Austin this fall. “This was an entry way for me to see how businesses function.”

The Management Informational Systems competition included two parts:

    • an objective test over system analysis and design, database management, modeling concepts and user interfaces and
    • a prompt where the duo was put into a real world circumstance and asked how to solve a businesses problem.

“The Harlingen High School South FBLA Chapter has worked very hard in preparing students to be competitive on the national level,” said club sponsor, Joy Hoeflinger. “We are continuously stressing to students that they are in competition, not with students in the RGV, but in the world. This accomplishment points to the fact that our students are headed in that direction.”

The conference featured 8,000 students from 39 different states. The HHSS FBLA Chapter had 30 students qualify for the state leadership conference and seven advance to the national level.

“I got involved with FBLA because of the friendly atmosphere,” said Irby, who will be attending Texas A&M at College Station to study biomedical science this fall. “The program is applicable to the real world and it allows you to be involved.”

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