Students learned how to feel confident in giving presentations, how to effectively use leadership skills, and how to apply their knowledge of the business world among other things at the FBLA State Leadership Conference this week in Hersey, PA. The event took place from April 3 through April 5.

Thirty-one Western Wayne High School students attended the conference and seventeen placed in the top ten in the state. Those members placing in the top four in their events are now eligible to attend the National Leadership Conference this summer in Anaheim, California, from June 27 through July 3.

The following students placed: Dakotah Sopko, first place for Accounting I; Jack Tuman, first place for Accounting II; Ty Alpaugh and Laurel Frable, fifth place for Digital Video Production; Abby Black, first place for FBLA Principles and Procedures; Angelia Reggie, third place for FBLA Principles and Procedures; Samantha Atcavage, Evan Coons, Jillian Dudley, fifth place for Introduction to Business Presentation; Allison Mattern, first place for Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure; Noelle Orehek, eighth place for Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure; Morgan Amorine, Alexandra Buckman, Chayni Carroll, Jacob Karnick, Hannah Roedel, third place for Parliamentary Procedure; and Ezra Tetreault, second place for Public Speaking I; and Jacob Karnick placed sixth in Who’s Who in Pennsylvania FBLA. Also, Western Wayne FBLA received 10th place in Outstanding Chapter.

Students learned a variety of real-world skills from their experience at the conference.

Samantha, a sophomore, explained what she will take away from her work in the Introduction to Business Presentation event. Her and her fellow teammates had to work to create a PowerPoint and to write a script to present in front of four judges on the topic of convincing professional business people to join the FBLA association.

One challenge Samantha faced involved finding the time to meet with her teammates Evan and Jillian. She discussed how they used time in their study halls to get the work done. Samantha, also, felt anxious in front of the judges to give the actual presentation but thinks the experience has helped her to gain better control of her nerves in situations such as these.

“This type of experience makes you want to try harder,” she explained.

Samantha aspires to be a veterinarian in the future and believes her experiences in FBLA the past two years are helping her to become more real-world ready.

“It helps me to keep my options open,” she said. “I feel more prepared for different situations I may face in the future as a professional.”

Samantha’s teammate Evan Coons, sophomore, also, thinks he learned skills for college and beyond from his experience at the conference.

Evan wishes to have a career in the business world. He plans to attend a four-year college to major in business.

“This experience showed me about the realities of the business world involving how to act and conduct myself,” he explained.

This was Evan’s first year in FBLA and he believes that he will return to compete next year feeling more relaxed since he knows what to expect.

Sophomore Allison Mattern, who competed in the Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure event and placed first, felt she knew as much as she possibly could about what to expect at the competition as a result of her study sessions with former FBLA advisor Ms. Fran Vitovsky.

Allison prepared for the 100 question test on how to run a business by studying two to three times a week with Vitovsky. Allison explained that she had to know about various business procedures such as how to do motions in a business meeting and how to give minorities a voice in the workplace.

Allison said she learned more about these topics among others through her sessions with Vitovsky.

“She makes you study and is very knowledgeable,” Allison said.

Allison wants to major in biology in college and believes her experiences in FBLA, so far, have helped her in learning what it takes to achieve goals she sets out for herself.

“I’ve learned about committing all the way to a goal and seeing it through,” she said.

Allison looks forward to competing in the same event at the FBLA National Competition this summer along with her classmate Dakotah, who placed first in her event Accounting I at States.

Dakotah, also, prepared for her event with Vitovsky by studying two to three times a week and plans to continue this preparation for Nationals.

“It is my goal to place at Nationals,” Dakotah said.

She looks forward to learning from her experiences in FBLA through her preparation and participation in Nationals this summer.

“These experiences teach me a lot about leadership and time management skills,” she explained.

Dakotah hopes to put these skills to good use in college. She plans to attend Drexel University to study business and engineering.

“My long-term goal is to be the CEO of a big company,” she said.

Theresa Lubash, business department chair at Western Wayne and advisor to FBLA, feels glad her students are inspired by their experiences in FBLA.

“I am proud of the performances of all of the Western Wayne students at the FBLA State Conference this year and I look forward to helping them grow and develop as they prepare for Nationals,” Lubash, who also serves as the Region 22 FBLA co-advisor, said.