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SMHS’ FLBA’S Gold Coast Section Conference

Press Release
Cindy Quaid
The FBLA members who attended the Gold Coast Section Conference in Westlake, CA

Thirty-four Santa Maria High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students recently participated in competitive events at the Gold Coast Section Conference. The Saints competed in various business & financial, entrepreneurship and software systems development career paths to try and qualify for the state FBLA Leadership Conference in April. They took online objective tests during the week (Feb. 5th and 9th) and attended the conference on Feb. 10th at Westlake High School in Westlake, CA.

“Since this is my 4th year and my last Section conference, I was nervous but I learned how to take rejection as an opportunity and overall walk away with a great experience.’’ – Salma Guerrero-Lucas, FBLA Vice President Public Relations.

“Seeing all of the people line up made me nervous since my event was the very last one, but it made me grateful when I received my award!” – Nirvana Humbert Rodriguez, 12th grade.

“This is my first year in FBLA, so this was a new experience for me, but at the workshops everyone was really kind and social, so it was fun interacting with people there!” – Gabriela Rojas-Garcia, 11th grade.

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“Dreams and passions never stop developing” – this was something I heard from the conference. I will never forget this because it reminds me daily that anything is possible!” – Noemi Guerrero-Lucas, 12th grade, FBLA Parliamentarian/Historian.

The teachers who accompanied the students were Cindy Quaid, SMHS Lead Adviser and Alejandra Fulton, SMHS Adviser.

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  • Abraham Carrillo-Galindo who placed 3rd place for Computer Applications.

The Results of Santa Maria High School FBLA Members who Placed in their Competitive Events:

  • Luis Bravo-Sanchez (12th grade) – Accounting I (8th place), Securities & Investments (7th place)
  • Abraham Carrillo-Galindo (12th grade) – Human Resources (8th place)
  • Veronica Rodriguez (12th grade) – Human Resources (9th place)
  • Martha Gonzalez Alfaro (9th grade) – Intro to FBLA (8th place), Intro to Business Communication (9th place)
  • Rubi Colores (9th grade) – Intro to Business Communication (8th place)
  • Noemi Guerrero-Lucas (12th grade) – Job Interview (6th place)
  • Alexis Vargas-Rodriguez (12th grade) – Impromptu Speaking (8th place)
  • Isabella Alvarez-Gutierrez (12th grade) – Public Speaking (10th place)
  • Juan Alcala (12th grade) – Word Processing (10th place)
  • Gabriela Rojas-Garcia (11th grade) – Word Processing (8th place)
  • Nirvana Humbert Rodriguez (12th grade), Word Processing – 6th place


  • Angela Garcia, Vanessa Flores, Gristina Hernandez, – Business Management, 7th place
  • Noemi Guerrero-Lucas, Salma Guerrero-Lucas, & Marisol Villegas-Ramirez – Marketing, 10th place
  • Reyna Morelos, Isaelia Cristobel-Bonifacio, & Gristina Hernandez – Entrepreneurship, 10th place
  • Sherlyn Pacheco-Cruz & Orlando Olivera Venegas – International Business, 9th place
  • Jadyn Rios & Elizabeth Vasquez – Intro to Event Management, 7th place

Santa Maria High School took 8th place SWEEPSTAKES – which is a recognition of the chapters that have the most awards in their section.

Below SMHA Competitors Eligible to Compete at the CA FBLA State Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA April 11-14


  • Abraham Carrillo-Galindo (12th grade), Computer Applications – 3rd place.
  • Rubi Colores (9th grade), Intro to FBLA – 4th place.
  • Veronica Rodriguez (12th grade), Personal Finance – 6th place.

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