Hundreds of teens compete at business leadership conference

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT/KKCO) -- Monday morning nearly 400 high school students gathered in suits, ties, and heels.

The teens gathered in the Colorado Mesa University ballroom weren't going to a dance. They are aspiring professionals.

At the Future Business Leaders of America conference students come from 18 Western Slope high schools. They present business plans and design schemes, mock television news shows, and marketing plans.

The event aims to offer young people a sense of direction.

"There are many students who don't know what they're doing after high school. This could either give them a push toward business or public speaking, or just help them realize 'Hey I'm good at speaking, I'm good at making presentations,'" said Rondaldo Lopez, a junior at Battle Mountain High School.

The best presenters will have the opportunity to compete at the national level, as for Ronaldo, he hopes to pursue a career in marketing.