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UNITED: 13 FBLA members advance to state conference

by RICHARD MAX NAPOTNIK JR., Gazette Student News Reporter on January 31, 2014 10:50 AM

ARMAGH — United High School’s Future Business Leaders of America members recently attended their regional conference at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

The purpose of FBLA is to guide students who want to be a part of the business world, so prior to this conference, the business capabilities of these students were put to the test. Students competed in the following areas: business communications, business law, database design, desktop publishing, economics, entrepreneurship, health care administration, introduction to business communications, networking concepts and future business leader. (For the complete list of FBLA competitive events, visit www.

[PHOTO: United High School’s winners at the recent Future Business Leaders of America Regional Conference at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown were, from left, Richard Napotnik Jr., Chad McConnell, James Currie, Autumn Nixon, Tayler Sheriff, Calvin White and DJ Rodkey. (Kathy Reasor/United High School photo)]

At the conference, awards were presented to those students who placed fifth or higher in their category or event, and those who received a third place or higher award in their category became eligible to attend the state conference in Hershey to continue competing.

This year 13 United students are headed to Hershey. The following students placed first in their categories: James Currie, desktop publishing; Chad McConnell, database design; Richard Napotnik, business law; Autumn Nixon, desktop publishing; DJ Rodkey, networking concepts; Tayler Sheriff, entrepreneurship; and Calvin White, entrepreneurship. The following students placed second in their categories: Hope Hixson, introduction to business communications; Justin LaRock, health care administration; Kristen Sadler, business communications; Thomas Schillinger, economics; and Hayley Torok, future business leader. Halee Reasor is also headed to the state conference to compete in digital design and promotion.

McConnell, one of United’s winners, said that he “was surprised at the news, but I’m glad I get to go to Hershey. Besides, it always looks good on a resume!”

Rodkey, another first-place finisher, was asked about his opinion of the regional conference. “It was a nice event overall and a worthwhile experience,” he replied.

Of his first-place finish, Currie said, “I was really surprised and didn’t expect it. I was very excited.”

Kathy Reasor, adviser, said that she is “very excited and thrilled that so many students from United are eligible to attend the state conference.”

Congratulations, United FBLA.

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