A group of Lincoln-Way East and Lincoln-Way North high school students participated in a state Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) conference recently where they attended leadership training, elected officers and competed in events.
More than 1,400 students, advisers and guests from 66 Illinois FBLA chapters attended the conference, which was held April 12-13 in Springfield. Several Lincoln-Way students walked away with awards.
“The students presented their projects to members of the business community and received invaluable feedback,” said FBLA sponsor Christine Ahearn who chairs the business and technology department at Lincoln-Way East and Lincoln-Way North.
“This is the largest student organization in the country and offers the students many opportunities to help them succeed in their future,” she added.
The two-day state conference included activities in personal development, business and leadership training, election of 2013-2014 state officers, and competitive events.
Lincoln-Way North High School FBLA members won the following events:
Thomas Misiaszek--2nd Place, Cyber Security
Matthew Juskie, Corey Hill, and Shawn MacDougall--2nd Place, Marketing
Alex Littleton--2nd Place, Electronic Career Portfolio
Sinead Flynn--8th Place, Public Speaking I
Abby Gaza--10th Place, Economics
Lincoln-Way East High School FBLA members won the following events:
Kasper Borys – 1st Place, Technology Concepts
Michael Mitchell – 1st Place, Help Desk
Ryan Hesslau – 3rd Place, Business Plan
Robert McIntyre – 4th Place, Sports Management
Tiffany Adames & Brooke Braun – 5th Place, Digital Video Production
Jared Nathenson – 7th Place, Computer Problem Solving
Lucas Puskaric – 8th Place, Computer Game & Simulation Programming
Sydney McAllister & Jennifer Franceschini – 9th Place, Global Business
Jasmine Jonlija – 10th Place, Job Interview
Jacob Kasmierski – 10th Place, Economics
Lincoln-Way East also had the following members voted to officer positions:
Ryan Hesslau – Central Northern Area President & Illinois Vice President
Lauren Sapato – Central Northern Area Vice-President
Tiffany Adames – Central Northern Area Secretary
“Denise Budney (the FBLA sponsor at North) and I are so proud of all of the students that competed,” said Ahearn. “They truly represent Lincoln-Way in the highest regard. We are fortunate to have eight students who will represent East and North at the national competition in Anaheim, Calif. from June 26-July 1.”
Those students are Kasper Borys, Robert McIntyre and Michael Mitchell from East and Corey Hill, Matthew Juskie, Thomas Misiaszek, Alex Littleton and Shawn MacDougall from North.