Fleetwood Wins Big at State FBLA Competition

Posted on June 9, 2014 by

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The nonprofit organization Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is an education association with about 25,000 students who are wishing to have careers in business or business-related jobs.

Future Business Leaders of America, in which Fleetwood school takes part, is for any high school student interested in business.

In 1937 the FBLA idea was developed by Dr. Hamden L. Forkner of Columbia University, and the very first high school chapter was started on 3 February 1942 in Johnson City, Tennessee, according to the official FBLA website.

FBLA-PBL is considered to be the largest business career organization for students in the whole world. The high school division has about 215,000 members and is still growing.

This outstanding organization recognizes and rewards national awards for excellence in a broad range of career-related and business areas.

There are state-based competitions each spring at the spring State Leadership Conferences, and during those competitions, the students are tested on their knowledge of business and certain skills.

“I had a lot of fun, and it was from April 6th to the 9th. We all competed in our events and didn’t sleep–at least, I slept little. I was part of the American Enterprise. Most of them had PowerPoint presentations, and we watched those,” senior Makayla Noll said.

The top state winners then become eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference during the summer for honors, if they desire to do so.

Recently, at the Pennsylvania spring conference, twenty of Fleetwood’s high school students qualified to go to the FBLA State Leadership Conference.

“First, we stopped at the Hershey Park and took a tour. We got to ask questions about the business side of the park. Then we competed and watched other’s presentations. There were also some workshops that we could do,” senior Amanda Licht said.

The following students placed at the competition:

  • Kaelin Fedora and Amanda Licht – 4th place for their Partnership with Business Project.
  • Makayla Noll, Kayln Hess, and Eric Wily – 5th place for their American Enterprise Project.
  • Gabe Kotsch, Amanda Kaskey, and Chris Russo – 5th place for their Community Service Project.
  • Brandon Stitzel, Madisyn Garcia, and Tara Wily – 9th place in Management Information Systems.

The following students earned recognition for community service:

  • Joyce Zheng – 1st place.
  • Kayln Hess – 2nd place.
  • Joann Zheng – 3rd place.
  • Harry Zheng – 4th place.
  • Jamie Yang – 5th place.

Fleetwood’s chapter for FBLA also earned the following list of recognitions:

  • 1st place in the state for community service hours
  • 3rd place in the state for their Local Chapter Annual Business Report
  • 10th place in the state as a William Selden Outstanding Chapter Award
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