Thomas County Central High School student Bishop Jackson earned a world ranking at this summer’s 2021 Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference and Competition. A sophomore when he began advancing through the competition ranks, Jackson achieved 10th place in Coding & Programming.
Jackson, now a junior, felt excited about his win and said he was pleasantly surprised with his result.
“I did not expect to place so high, competing against people from all across the world,” he said. “It means so much to me that the judges believed my project stood out among others.”
TCCHS FBLA chapter adviser Nick Haskin said more than 14,000 students and competitors participated in the conference this year. Placing at national competition is a noteworthy feat any year, he continued, but considering Jackson’s grade level at the time, it’s quite an accomplishment.
“Bishop competed against competitors throughout the nation and other nations throughout the world,” Haskin said. “To place at NLC as a senior is extremely hard; to place at NLC against mostly seniors as just a sophomore … Bishop Jackson has achieved quite a feat!”
For his category, Jackson had to create a standalone computer program that quizzes the user about FBLA.