Roshani Patel is a stellar contribution to the Future Business Leaders of America team at Mauston High School. She is president of the club. Being interested in business since middle school, she joined the group during her freshman year. While competing in her first event, she was able to meet the regional vice-president at the time. Seeing this person take the next step in leadership made Roshani want to pursue the same goal, she said.
Becoming vice-president is no easy feat. Running for office requires taking a quiz, creating a promotional brochure, reciting a three-minute speech and completing a myriad of paperwork. Upon winning a hard-fought election, Roshani now has new responsibilities that come with her position. The most important of these is not only representing Mauston High, but every school within the region. In Future Business Leaders of America, the regional competitions are held wherever the vice-president attends school. That means hundreds of students will contend in Mauston next year, in honor of Roshani’s presidency.
Roshani is also student-council president of the junior class. When asked how the two groups differ, she said both require the same leadership qualities, but the audiences she caters to differ.
From June 28 to July 2, Roshani will be attending the Business Leaders national competition in Nashville, Tenn., which unites the champions from each state for one final event. It gives a chance for officers to share their plans for the future of the club, and also lets competitors strive for a final victory.
In addition to Roshani, the other officers from Wisconsin will be traveling to Nashville. This group also includes winners from the state level of competition. The six state qualifiers from Mauston have the ability to attend, if they win their events at Appleton. This is an amazing opportunity for Roshani, as all the Mauston area is represented through her.
Roshani said she would like to thank Ryan Johnson, head of Mauston’s club; Jim Dillin, Mauston High’s principal; and Christine Weymouth, superintendent. All three gave her the support she needed to succeed, making things such as deadlines much easier to meet.
Like any club or organization, it is not a task for simply anyone, but Roshani’s drive and commitment have led her to this opportunity. She is full of charm, charisma and character, making her position as vice-president the perfect fit. Being able to interview her was inspiring, to say the least, for her brilliant leadership skills not only transcend the clubs she is involved in, but all of Mauston High.