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INDIANA: Thomas qualifies for national contest

by LORRAINE YERGER, Gazette Student News Reporter on April 25, 2014 10:50 AM

From April 6-8, members of the Indiana Area Senior High School Future Business Leaders of America traveled to Hershey to compete at the FBLA State Conference, where their performances in a variety of events were ranked against schools from across Pennsylvania.

Students competed individually or as a group in a number of business-related categories, taking tests or giving presentations. On their time off, students attended workshops related to careers in business.

“There were a lot of workshops and presentations that can be helpful if you are considering pursuing a career in business,” said junior FBLA member Eliza O’Neal.

[PHOTO: Taylor Thomas, a junior, proudly displayed her first-place award from the FBLA state competition held in Hershey in early April. (Larry Nath/ Indiana Area Senior High School submitted photo)]

At the awards ceremony, the IHS FBLA community was delighted to hear that junior Taylor Thomas took first place in Computer Applications. This remarkable accomplishment earned Thomas a chance to compete in the National FBLA Competition in Nashville, Tenn., this summer.

“It was so exciting for our school to watch Taylor win, especially since she didn’t even think she would make the top 10,” said junior FBLA member Denali Davis.

Computer Applications tests students on proficiency with various Microsoft Office functions, including spreadsheets, mail merge and PowerPoint. Thomas earned the highest score out of nearly 50 student participants.

Thomas is currently the vice president of IHS FBLA and also serves as the president of the Indiana County regional FBLA. Her hard work and positive attitude contribute to her leadership ability. For example, Thomas is quickly popularizing her new nickname for the club: FBL-Yay!

Indiana students placed in two other categories during the FBLA State Convention: juniors Denali Davis, Tashi Bharathan, and Aubrey Bohn earned eighth place in Website Design, and sophomore Suzie Nickus earned seventh place in the Job Interview category.

In each category, one person per state will travel to Nashville, where the future business leaders will compete in events, vote for FBLA national delegates, and enjoy an unforgettable experience.

Thomas will visit Nashville from June 27 to July 3 with her family, accompanied by club adviser Eric Brocious. The group will stay at the Opryland Hotel, and have the opportunity to visit many Nashville attractions.

“I look forward to meeting lots of new people at nationals, just like I did at states,” Thomas said.

“Everyone is so talented, mature and professional. Their motivation is admirable, and I’m honored to be part of this organization.”

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