JERSEY?SHORE - More than 8,000 of today's outstanding youth convened at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference held in Anaheim, Calif., from June 25 through July 3.
Among those outstanding youth were seven students from the Jersey Shore Area High School FBLA chapter, including Dan Wrench, Logan Beaver, Alexander Eckard, Rick Crossen, Gabrielle Antonicelli, Victoria Barrows, and Tyler Sanford.
FBLA members competed against student representatives from across the United States in more than 55 different competitive and skill events from the areas of technology, public speaking, business, finance, and management.
Shown are Jersey Shore Area High school Future Business Leaders of America members who recently attended a national conference.
The winners of these awards are selected from FBLA-PBL's 215,000 members, and have won state and regional competitions to qualify for the national awards program.
This year's FBLA national theme, "Igniting Innovation," reflects the goals of FBLA-PBL members, who are some of the best and brightest of today's young people.
FBLA prepares students for "real-world" professional experiences and members gain the competitive edge for college and career success.
Jersey Shore FBLA members competed in four different events, with one team bringing home top 10 honors.
The following Jersey Shore students qualified for this national event by placing in the top of the state at the FBLA State Leadership Conference held in Hershey in April:
Gabrielle Antonicelli - Impromptu Speaking event.
Team of Logan Beaver and Dan Wrench - Digital Design and Promotion.
Team of Alexander Eckard and Rick Crossen - Network Design.
The remaining two Jersey Shore competitors competed in the Virtual Business Challenge (VBC) event. This online competitive event has student participants use highly visual simulation software to manage a business. Students download software over the Internet and compete for the highest score against schools across the United States.
The FBLA Virtual Business Challenge encourages FBLA members to test their skills at managing a business as a team and has two qualifying periods, one in the fall and one in the spring. The VBC culminates with live competitions at the National Leadership Conference.
The Jersey Shore team of Victoria Barrows and Tyler Sanfor dparticipated in the highly-intense, live VBC competitions and placed ninth in the nation at the FBLA National Leadership Conference.
These awards were a part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Inc. (FBLA-PBL), which is a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.
To learn more, see Pennsylvania FBLA's web site at www.pafbla. org or visit the FBLA-PBL Inc. national web site www.fbla-pbl.org.