More than 8,000 of America's best and brightest youth traveled to Nashville to make some history of their own as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win over $95,000 in cash awards.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), the largest and oldest student business organization, held its National Leadership Conference in Nashville on June 29-July 2.

Participants from across the United States and two countries were in attendance for this exciting conference to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

Brittany Russell from Neshoba Central High School received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence on July 2.  Brittany competed in "Introduction to Business Communication" and brought home First Place and a $500 cash award.

She is the daughter of Robert and Dolores Russell. 

Neshoba Central FBLA advisers are Raye Carol Eakes and Lisa Greenwood.  Congratulations Brittany, we are proud of you!

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide.

Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

The association is headquartered in Reston, Va., just outside Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.fbla-pbl.org.