Murillo advances to national competition
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington High School senior Susana Murillo is a woman with a plan -- a business plan, that is.
It's the quality of the plan that earned her gold at the state level Family, Career and Community Leaders of America competition earlier this month in Bloomington.
Murillo will advance to compete in the entrepreneurship category at the national level at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in July in Chicago.
"I'm really excited," said Murillo, who has been an FCCLA member since seventh grade. "I'll be there during the Fourth of July; that's going to be fun. I'll just be out on my own exploring the city."
Her task this year was to create a full business plan for an imaginary business, documenting details on the proposed facility, emergency procedures, maintenance plans, supplies and equipment, inventory, budget, job descriptions, even samples of advertisements.
"I started with no knowledge of anything whatsoever and made it all myself," she admitted, though she got a little help from her teachers. The inch-thick plan for "Imagink Graphic" took several months to complete.
"I worked on it all day if I could, weekends. At times I was sleep depriving myself to get it done. But it was worth it at the end."
Her plan may have a real world use, too -- Murillo will attend the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in the fall and plans to study business and advertising.
"I actually want to do this in the future," she said. "I thought it would be a good start for me to have a business plan."
Her favorite part was creating templates -- sample flyers, business cards, employment applications, even Facebook and Twitter accounts for her business.
Murillo also has been busy in other FCCLA activities. She was the president of the Worthington FCCLA chapter and the regional vice president for southwest Minnesota and was even honored as the state's top leader in that position.
She performed at a recent culinary competition in the categories of cake decorating and menu creation.
"She has just had a phenomenal year," said Worthington FCCLA adviser Bonnie Bents. Speaking to Murillo's self-motivated qualities she added, "Because it's a leadership program, it's fun to watch her emerge as a leader. It's so nice to have someone who just wants to dig in."
Also earning gold honors at the state competition in the category of illustrated talks were freshmen Paulina Bouavichith, Cheniqua Johnson and Ana Lozano. Taking home silver were freshmen Destiny Johnson, Maggie Malathip, Diana Phrom and sophomore Anny Sompamitwong.