A recent Nixa High School graduate finished as the national runner-up in a competition at the National FBLA Conference.
Mark Meads placed second in the Management Information Systems competition at the San Antonio conference. The competition was a “role play” event where a competitor was given a prompt, then 20 minutes to create a 7 minute presentation for the judges.
“From day one I have been impressed by Mark’s dedication to FBLA and the events he participated in,” FBLA advisor Jordan Burns said in a statement. “Mark has made Nixa and me proud over the years. I was elated to see him end his time at Nixa with receiving 2nd place in the nation. It was a much-deserved win. Seeing Mark’s reaction and emotion on the national stage when receiving his award was priceless.”
Meads qualified four times for the National competition and placed in the Top 15 all four years, three in the Top 10. The second place finish this year earned him a $600 college scholarship.
Nixa FBLA has been one of the most profound and deeply moving experiences of my life,” Meads said in a statement. “Though the recognition is amazing and I am humbled to be ranked among the best, what matters more is the people I’ve met and the advisors who have helped me reach this point. Traveling across the country with friends, laughing and enjoying the camaraderie, that’s what makes Nixa FBLA, Mr. Burns, and by extension the whole Nixa community so fantastic. Thank you for an unforgettable four years!”