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Written by Chris Lee   
After three years experiencing how things worked at the local level of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Elise Nelson decided she wanted more.

At the state leadership conference in April, Nelson was chosen as the state secretary. She is one of four executive officers and nine district vice presidents.

Her state leadership conference in April included spending time with about 30 other candidates. The process of weeding candidates down took about two days and she was “one of the lucky ones,” as she put it.

Nelson said she will have to speak in front of the large crowds at the upcoming conference in April which will mark the end of her term. “That will be pretty exciting,” she said.

Responsibilities during her term included taking minutes at all of the meetings and she described herself as “the go-to girl.” “Whenever someone needs to know something or get something done, that’s me,” she added.

She decided to jump on the state board after witnessing former state officers at work.

“The more I saw it, the more exciting I thought it would be,” Nelson said. She also mentioned organizing everything, speaking in front of people and meeting a bunch of new people added to her decision to get involved at the state level.

Attending the National leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif. this past summer ranks as a high point of her time spent as state secretary. “We got to meet other state officers from every other state,” she said.

Training for the position took place in Breckenridge where she was able to hang out with all other Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) leaders from around the state including FFA and FCCLA officers.

The National Fall Leadership Conference was held Nov. 13-14 in Denver. Nelson and five other HHS students attended the conference as well as advisor Kristina Ham. The other students were Sydney Nelson, Sarah Heermann, Catrina Krueger, Brooke Parker and Whitni Redman.

Nelson said the fall conference gives people a taste of the National Leadership Conference without the competition. Numerous guest speakers were there along with workshop presentations.

Nelson has been a member of FBLA all four years of high school and held the secretary position her sophomore year and was president her junior year.

Nelson’s mom, Lori, also took part in the National Fall Leadership conference. She is partnered with FBLA through her business, Computers Etc. and had a booth at the conference. Also assisting in the booth was Kellie Race.