Nicole Payne, a student at Montoursville Area High School, placed first in Economics at the Future Business of Leaders of America State Conference in Hershey.
She will represent the state of Pennsylvania at the FBLA-Phi Beta Lambda 2012 National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas, June 27 to July 3. Competing in FBLA-PBL's national awards program, Payne will vie for top honors in Economics, against state representatives from across the United States and worldwide.
The competition is part of a competitive events program sponsored annually by FBLA-PBL, an association for students pursuing business and business-related careers.
Nicole Payne placed first in the state in Economics.
Individuals, local chapters and state teams compete in more than 50 events representing a range of leading edge business, career and leadership development activities.
The winners of these challenging and prestigious awards are selected from FBLA-PBL's 250,000 members, and have won state and regional competitions to qualify for the national awards program.
The delegates elect national student officers and attend business and leadership workshops in addition to competing in business and career skill events.
This year's national theme, "Gateway to Greatness," reflects the goals of FBLA-PBL members.
Three other Montoursville FBLA members placed in the top 10 in their events and were presented with trophies at the State Leadership Conference in Hershey.
Rose Morris placed fifth in Health Care Administration, Jillian Holmes placed ninth in Accounting I and Colin Butler placed 10th in Economics.
"It is quite an accomplishment to place in the top 10 in any event and it is very exciting to see Montoursville FBLA members up on the stage in front of the thousands of members and advisers that attended the conference," said adviser Linda Keiser.