Jamestown High School 2016 graduate, Erros Quinones, recently represented New York State at the National Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Quinones competed in the Impromtu Speaking category along with 101 other contestants from across the nation. Mr. Quinones’ trip, along with his FBLA advisor Sheila McIntyre to the national competition, was made possible due to donations from the JPS PROMISE Fund, the JHS 100 Member Club, the Jamestown Teachers Association (JTA) and a Go Fund Me account that Erros set-up. The JPS PROMISE Fund donated $800, the JHS 100 Member Club contributed $750 and the JTA provided $100. Erros raised $150 through GoFundMe.
“I am so thankful to the PROMISE Fund, the 100 Member Club, the JTA and anyone who donated to GoFundMe,” said Erros. “I wasn’t certain I would be able to go to Atlanta due to financial and other considerations and the donation came exactly at the right time to help me travel to the FBLA National Competition. It was so awesome that the community helped me out and it was such a great experience. Going to the National FBLA Competition showed me that I could go against the best of the best in the nation and, in spite of challenges, if you want something badly enough you can find a way to achieve your goal.”
To qualify for the national competition, Erros, placed fifth in Impromtu Speaking category at the Future Business Leaders of America’s New York State Leadership Conference in Rochester. Normally, the top four winners go on to the national competition, however, a few winners were unable to attend so Erros was moved up to second place allowing him to attend the national event.
Erros’ Impromtu Speech topic at the national competition was “Is it okay to tell a white lie or is truth always the best policy?” He had 10 minutes to prepare a four to five minute speech for the judges. He will receive a rating sheet for his performance in the near future.
“It was such a great experience for Erros,” said Mrs. McIntyre. “He has such a good business head on his shoulders and to have the opportunity to network with students from across the nation and visit local attractions in Atlanta such as the Human Rights Museum is an opportunity that he may not have been able to do with out the help of our community. We are so thankful to all that donated to help Erros attend the conference.”
“We were so thrilled to help Erros make his dream come true,” said Dr. Lillian Ney from the JPS PROMISE Fund and Birgitta Hofert from the JHS 100 Member Club. “It is great that the two groups, along with the Jamestown Teachers Association, were able to come together for the benefit of a Jamestown student. It is gratifying to see all the organizations working together to help our students achieve their goals and try new experiences.”
Erros will attend Jamestown Community College in the fall with plans to study engineering.