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FBLA Members Compete in Virtual State Leadership Conference

Marian Catholic’s Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently competed in the 2021 Pennsylvania State Leadership Conference which was held virtually this year. Marian Catholic had thirteen students qualify for the SLC as a result of the Region 23 Conference held in December. FBLA Conferences include a variety of different competitive events, which include objective tests, creating pre-recorded videos, and/or live interviews.

Members who competed in this year’s conference were: Seniors, Vincent Pan in Economics and Christina Walko in Health Care Administration. Juniors, Olivia Erickson in Sales Presentation, Isabella Lesante in Advertising, and Lauren Reaman in Networking Infrastructure. Sophomores, Eliza Bauder in Introduction to Business Presentation, Ryan Berube in Introduction to Public Speaking, Angela Pan in Introduction to Financial Math, and the team of Ashley Pleban and Emily Eroh in Business Ethics. Freshmen, Angelo Greek in Introduction to Business Procedures, and Lachlan Segedy in Graphic Design.

A presentation was held at our school to recognize the various award winners who were presented the respective recognition during the virtual SLC held Monday evening April 12, 2021. During the conference, future business leaders were also given many opportunities to participate in live streams workshops with prizes, such as gift cards and electronics being awarded. Marian Catholic’s own Lauren Reaman, junior, won a Chick-Fil-A gift card and an Amazon gift card during one of the livestreams she participated in. Conference attendees are also invited to participate in open competitive events. Vincent Pan placed 3rd in the open competitive event of Macroeconomics. Additionally, FBLA members are asked to log their service hours from a calendar year in the Big 33 system. Participating in this and receiving recognition for such are: Maxwell Schwabe, senior, 46.5 hours, Olivia Erickson, junior, 34 hours, Will Nyer, senior, 20 hours, Megan Reaman, freshman, 11 hours, and Isabella Lesante, junior, 8 hours.

Our award winners for top 10 were Olivia Erickson who placed 10th in Sales Presentation for a presentation made to sell Yeti products and for the first time in Marian’s FBLA history, two members placed 1st in the respective events and qualified for the National Leadership Conference! Christina Walko placed first in an objective test event of Health Care Administration, and Maxwell Schwabe placed first in Future Business Leader, an event requiring a resume, cover letter, objective test, and a live interview. Both Maxwell and Christina will attend the National Conference in June, virtually. Maxwell also applied for and was awarded 2nd place in “Who’s Who in Pennsylvania FBLA” which resulted in a William Selden Scholarship fund to be used during his first semester of college next fall. Members are advised by Mrs.Patricia Patton, Business Education teacher and Marybeth Hayden, local business owner and parent of Maxwell Schwabe. Congratulations to all the participants of this year's State Leadership Conference!

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