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PENNS MANOR: FBLA members to attend regional meet in Hershey

by CLAIRE KIRSCH, Gazette Student News Reporter on January 10, 2014 10:50 AM

KENWOOD — For many of us, the end of the holiday season brings a time of inactivity and rest from the hustle and bustle, but for the student members of the Penns Manor High School Future Business Leaders of America, it is not.

Along with the club’s adviser, Adelle Dolney, a graduate of Penns Manor, the FBLA members have been working diligently completing registration forms and studying in preparation for their competitive events for the Regional Leadership Conference at the University of Pittsburgh at Johns- town campus.

The Penns Manor chapter of the FBLA organization has 35 members from grades nine through 12. Freshmen this year are Katie Allison, Skyler Altemus, Zachary Ashbaugh, Bryce Carrick, Samantha Kane, Isaac Lohr and Brandin Robinson. Sophomores are Brianna Lockard, Lyndsey Busovicki, Kevin Clark, Katie Coy and Alaina Laverick. Juniors are Owen Jarvie, Seth Peterman, Jess Polenik, Emily Smith, Abby Spiaggi, Emma Tomayko and Emily Vojtek. Seniors are Julie Bardroff, Devon Bratton, Brock Carrick, Lisa Coy, Shaun Dolan, Mallory Drahnak, Meagan Hilty, Claire Kirsch, Lucas Kowalski, Ethan Marshall, Devin McClain, Tara Miller, Taylor Rainey, Johnny Rizzo, Mary Roach and Kaylee Roles.

The students had the opportunity to compete in any of four styles of events. These events included production events, team objective events, individual objective events and individual performance events. Production events required students to complete a task on a computer, team objective events had students working in small groups to answer questions on a particular topic, individual objective events required students to answer questions by themselves about a particular topic, and individual performance events had students prepare and present an item of their own work which met specific criteria.

All events except for the individual performance events required testing set to occur before the Regional Leadership Conference. These events were organized into special testing days, where students took their respective exam or activity on a computer through the FBLA website.

Nov. 22 was the first testing date. This day was set aside for the production events such as computer applications and spreadsheet applications.

The team objective events were completed on Dec. 5 in the morning. These events included sports/entertainment management, banking and financial systems, entrepreneurship, global business, hospitality management, and management decision making.

In the afternoon of the same day, students competed in the individual objective events. These events included accounting 1, business calculations, business communications, business math, business procedures, cyber security, FBLA principles/ procedures, help desk, intro to business, introduction to business communication and introduction to information technology.

The Regional Leadership Conference was originally to be held on Monday at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, but due to the weather, the event was postponed twice and has been rescheduled for today.

The individuals who placed highest in their category of competition at the Regional Leadership Conference will move on to the state competition to be held in Hershey in the spring.

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