Numerous FBLA students earn recognition at leadership conference

Elisa-Marie Rivera, Staff Writer

Stroudsburg High School has successfully won more awards from the Future Business Leaders of America, also known as FBLA.

Sixty-six SHS students recently attended the FBLA State Leadership Conference in Hershey, PA, with one goal in mind: to earn top honors in their event to qualify for the national competition. The conference was filled with over 65 events such as, presentations, speaking events, and competitive testing.

“Attending the Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference is very exciting because Stroudsburg students have the opportunity to compete against students across the state,” said FBLA adviser Ms. Kathy Sickler.  “The conference had approximately 5,000 students in attendance, all competing for the opportunity to go to the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX in June. It was a phenomenal experience having 30 Stroudsburg students place in the top 10 in the state and having 18 of those qualify for nationals.” 

SHS’s chapter of FBLA performed admirably, with 30 students finishing in the Top 10. Eighteen SHS students are also advancing to the National Leadership Conference to be held in San Antonio, TX in June.  See their names below.

Stroudsburg High School’s FBLA is the 5th largest chapter in the state with 142 members. They earned 4th Place for Outstanding Chapter and 2nd place for donations to the state charity, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. During the awards ceremony, the top 10 winners in each event were presented with a plaque for their achievement.

Here are Stroudsburg’s top 10 winners:

1st Place

Intro to Public Speaking — Taha Vahanvaty

2nd Place

Place Health Care Administration — Ivan Ruan

3rd Place

Place 3D Animation — Vasilia Briegel, Taryn Silvernale, Paras Briegel

Place Broadcast Journalism — Amanda Bruckstein, Madison Imber, Emily Mars

Place Entrepreneurship — Willie Marina, Conor Savage, Evan Smith

Place Future Business Leader — Joanna Chen

Place Public Service Announcement — Hana Weiss, Sergio Butron, Jessica Hall

4th Place

Place Computer Problem Solving — Brayden Graham

Place Introduction to Business Procedures — Maddy Gasper

Place Job Interview — Sydney Graves

5th Place

Place Broadcast Journalism — Julia Delaney, Ivana Karataseva

Place Future Business Leader — Hirali Patel

Place Social Media Campaign — Hannah Persaud, Victoria Robles, Keyanna Safforld

6th Place

Place American Enterprise Project — Ben Reyes, Hirali Patel

7th Place

Place 3D Animation — Joe Burch, Maggie Trunfio

9th Place

Place Health Care Administration — Kayla Bago

10th Place

Place Intro to Parliamentary Procedure — Shahid Khan