10 Jersey Shore FBLA students shine at National Leadership Conference

JERSEY SHORE — More than 9,500 of America’s best and brightest high school students traveled to San Antonio, Texas, to Create, Lead and Inspire as they competed with top future business leaders, showcased their talents and expanded their networks as they participated in more than 70 business and technology related competitive events.

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference (NLC) was held recently with participants from across the States and abroad attending the conference.

Among those competitors were 10 students from Jersey Shore Senior High FBLA with four of their members receiving national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program.

The team of Annalise Eiswerth and Stephanie Steinbacher placed seventh in the Community Service Project event which represented the community-wide and district-wide #weSHOREcare Food Drive.

The team previously placed first in the state in order to advance to nationals. Both Eiswerth and Steinbacher completed the Lead2Feed National Leadership Program and entered the #weSHOREcare project into the National Lead2Feed Challenge and won an additional $500 for The New Love Center in Jersey Shore.

Lead2Feed recognized the team for the outstanding accomplishments of collecting 7,308 donated food items accumulating over 450 community service hours for the chapter members.

“The NLC was an amazing experience from touring the city, to meeting students from across the country, to competing in our events on the national level. I am so happy I was able to attend,” Eiswerth said. She also competed in the interview event, Future Business Leader, after previously placing first in the state for this event.

The Network Design team of Austin Barnes and Quinn Henry placed eighth in the nation. This team started off the conference by taking a collaborative written exam on networking and security concepts. They had to place in the top 16 of the nation in order to advance to the final round.

During the final round, the team received a case study on designing a network for a business. In 20 minutes, the team had to design a plan that would best meet the networking needs of that business. This event required every team member to speak during the 7-minute presentation to the judges, followed by a question and answer period. This team previously placed third in the state in order to advance to the national conference.

Maxwell Ferguson attended the National Conference serving in his newly elected position of PA FBLA president. The remaining competitors from Jersey Shore FBLA included: Kyleigh Hager for public speaking; Hunter Smith for business law and the team of Natalie Charnego and Miranda Schneider in the graphic design event.

The awards Jersey Shore FBLA received were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program held by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. Students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall and heard from motivational speakers on a broad range of business topics.

In addition to the Awards Program, the Jersey Shore FBLA advisor, Dolly Oden, was also recognized in the opening session during the Parade of States as the PA FBLA Advisor of the Year. This award was based upon the adviser’s contributions and the chapter’s participation in FBLA events on a local, state and national level. Oden currently serves on the PA FBLA board of directors and as the Region 7 FBLA treasurer. She recently joined the National Educator Advisory Board for Lead4Change, a national leadership training program for young people.

At the opening session, local business person, Julieanne Steinbacher was recognized as the PA FBLA Business Person of the Year. Julieanne’s continued support of Jersey Shore FBLA and their members led the chapter to nominate her for this honor. She was selected from several state nominees and was recognized for her outstanding contributions to FBLA. Throughout the years, Julieanne supports the chapter by volunteering as a guest speaker, offers guidance on a variety of projects, provides financial support, coordinates speaking opportunities for students and provides co-op and intern positions to FBLA members.