Jersey Shore FBLA goes to State Leadership Conference

Fifty-five members of the Jersey Shore Senior High Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and their chapter advisors attended the 2019 Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference. More than 6,200 advisors, guests, students and business professionals participated in the 68th annual State Leadership Conference.

Jersey Shore FBLA advisor, Dolly Oden, received the Outstanding Advisor Award at the State Leadership Conference for making a significant contribution in directing FBLA activities.

Oden is an educator and advisor who is also a role model for students and faculty. She goes above and beyond to ensure her students’ success, along with the success of the FBLA chapter, stated a news release.

Oden will go to San Antonio, Texas, to represent PA FBLA at the National Leadership Conference.

Julieanna Steinbacher was nominated by Jersey Shore FBLA and was selected as PA FBLA Business Person of the Year for her continued support of Jersey Shore FBLA and the business department. Steinbacher served as a keynote speaker at the Region 7 FBLA Conference where she encouraged students to get out of their comfort zones and to do what is best for themselves. She also reminded students to seek out their passions and incorporate it into their careers and personal lives, a news release said.

During the 2018-2019 school year, Steinbacher guided the Jersey Shore FBLA Chapter in organizing a community-wide food drive that collected 7,308 donated food items, provided 1,000 meal boxes and $13,000 for a local food bank.

This year, Jersey Shore FBLA had 55 students qualify and attend the conference at the 2019 Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference.

Of those students, 16 placed in the top 10 of the state, and nine qualified for the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

At the 2019 National FBLA Leadership Conference, the students had to place in the top four of the state.

The following Jersey Shore members will advance to the conference in San Antonio:

First in Community Service Project — Annalise Eiswerth and Stephanie Steinbacher.

Second in Graphic Design — Natalie Charnego and Miranda Schneider.

Third in Network Design — Austin Barnes and Quinn Henry.

First in Future Business Leader — Annalise Eiswerth.

First in Public Speaking — Kyleigh Hager.

Fourth in Business Law — Hunter Smith.

Elected to serve as the Pennsylvania FBLA president — Max Ferguson.

Ferguson will serve his term throughout the 2019-2020 school year. His duties will include selecting the state project and developing a plan of action to achieve his goals for PA FBLA. He will also have the responsibility of serving on the PA FBLA Board of Directors.

Annually, PA FBLA selects a State Project that all chapters across the state can participate in to provide community service hours and raise money throughout the school year. The 2018-2019 project was the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with PA FBLA raising over $72,000 with Jersey Shore raising $554.80 for the cause.

The following Jersey Shore members placed in the top 10:

Fourth in state, Local Chapter Annual Business Report — Amanda Fuller.

Fifth in Accounting II — Sean Anderson.

Seventh in Healthcare Administration — Hannah Yorks.

Seventh in Social Media Campaign — Sadie Griswold and Cassidy Rell.

Seventh in Accounting I — Robert Parker.

The State’s FBLA presents the Who’s Who in PA FBLA awards and William Selden Scholarships to the top 15 members in the state based on up to four years of involvement with Pennsylvania FBLA.

Third in Who’s Who in PA FBLA, $750 scholarship — Annalise Eiswerth.

Seventh in Who’s Who in PA FBLA, $500 scholarship — Lydia Kirkendall.

Sixth in William Selden Outstanding Chapter Criteria — Jersey Shore FBLA Chapter.

The entire Jersey Shore FBLA Chapter placed sixth in the William Selden Outstanding Chapter Criteria, which demonstrates planning, hard work and commitment to the ideals of FBLA. This award recognizes the top 10 chapters at the State Leadership Conference based on the chapter’s efforts in the following categories: Membership, public relations, chapter management, professional development, leadership development, school and community projects, financials, conferences and workshops and competitive events.

The following members placed in the top 10 in the Open Events that are offered at the conference:

First in Fashion Marketing — Portia Williams.

Second in Retail Management — Robert Parker.

Sixth in Current Events — Hunter Smith.

Eighth in PA FBLA Policies and Procedures — Lexey Cohick.

Eighth in FBLA Creed and Code of Ethics — Lexey Cohick.