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Jersey Shore FBLA members attend leadership conference

Jersey Shore Area High School Future Business Leaders of America was a top contender at the Region 7 Leadership Conference held at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in January.

A total of 134 Jersey Shore FBLA members competed against approximately 800 students from 18 schools across Region 7. Forty-five students from Jersey Shore qualified for the FBLA State Leadership Conference to be held April 10-13, in Hershey.

Jersey Shore FBLA placed first overall in the Outstanding Chapter Criteria. During the election of Region 7 officers, Jersey Shore’s Beatrice Ferguson was elected region president and Averie Hess was elected region treasurer.

The Jersey Shore FBLA chapter also organized a basket auction with the proceeds being donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Danville. Chapters were encouraged to donate a basket filled with prizes and conference attendees bought raffle tickets. The auction raised $158 for the Ronald McDonald House.

In the Who’s Who in FBLA event, Madalyn Charnego placed frist, Hanna Norman placed second and Lydia Yorks placed third in the region. This event is a cumulative event based on a student’s participation in FBLA activities, competitive events and community service activities over their four-year high school career. They will move on to the state level.

In order to qualify for states, students had to place in the top six at the Region Conference. During the state conference, the following students will compete with representatives from other Pennsylvania chapters for top honors in their respective events.

First place – Sean Anderson, accounting I; Benjamin Thomas, computer applications; team of Timber Merryman and Emily Phillips, graphic design; Shelbie Wenner, health care administration; Ryleigh Herbst, help desk; Travis Bradley, impromptu speaking; Jessica Willits, insurance and risk management; Lydia Kirkendall, introduction to business procedures; team of Joseph Lusk, Ezekiel Miller and Austin Way, network design; Connor Shade, networking concepts; team of Beatrice Ferguson and Pearl Patterson, publication Design; Madalyn Charnego, spreadsheet applications; Amy Shadle, word processing; Jersey Shore Senior High School, Outstanding Chapter.

Second place – Emma Herman, accounting II; Ariana Paulhamus, agribusiness; Ashlynn Wool, client service; Allison Schweikart, computer applications; Dominic Maneval, introduction to business communications; Hunter Smith, introduction to information technology; Sophia Hayes, introduction to parliamentary procedure; Jazmyn Clements, word processing.

Third place – Mariah Guiswite, securities and investments; Wyatt Grieco, accounting I; Meredith Sechrist, accounting II; Gabrielle Moore, business communications; Gabrielle Harris, introduction to business procedures; Mariah Guiswite, securities and investments; Morgan High, word processing.

Fourth place – Eli Fishel, accounting I; Paige Haight, accounting II; Hannah Munro, agribusiness; Chase Carpenter, cyber security; Averie Hess, FBLA principles and procedures; Gage Mann, introduction to business; Krista Eck, introduction to business procedures.

Fifth place – Lydia Yorks, business communications; Olivia Ramos, FBLA principles and procedures; Jeanette Waltz, securities and investments.

Sixth place – David Kramer, business calculations; Sidney Trunzo, cyber security; Hannah Yorks, introduction to business procedures; Bailey Powell, introduction to information technology.

Due to the fact that Jersey Shore FBLA has increased their membership during the 2015-16 school year, they also have qualified for three member-at-large students to represent their chapter at the state conference and they will be Hanna Norman, Annalise Eiswerth and Madison Delaney.

At the awards ceremony, the Ronald McDonald House Charities (www.rmhc.org), the recipient of this year’s state project, will be given a monetary contribution to be used toward the organization’s programs in Pennsylvania.

Other highlights of the conference include individual, chapter and team competitive events relating to business skills and leadership; the election of a new state officer team; leadership development workshops; and recognition of members’ community service efforts.

Also, the Outstanding Adviser Award will be presented to an FBLA adviser who has made a significant contribution in directing FBLA activities and the Outstanding Chapter Award will be presented to a chapter that has conducted outstanding activities in its local chapter program of work.

The Who’s Who in PA FBLA awards and the William Selden Scholarships will be presented to 15 members in recognition of their achievements during four years of involvement with Pennsylvania FBLA.