Southern Columbia Area High School made an exceptional showing at the 2014 Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference held in Hershey last week with seventeen students placing in the top ten in the state! Seven of these students have also qualified for national competition! "We are full of SoCo pride!" stated FBLA Advisor Lori Shively.  This year's performance is one of the strongest on record for Southern's FLBA chapter. In addition to outstanding performance in competitive events, Southern Columbia Area's chapter captured seventh place in the Largest Local Membership and second place in Market Share.
The award-winning students at the State Leadership Conference were:
  • Brad Whyne- Tenth Place, Electronic Career Portfolio
  • Carissa Jones- Tenth Place, Future Business Leader
  • Sami Abdul- Tenth Place, Future Business Leader
  • Olivia Bodnar- Seventh Place, Intro to Business Communication
  • Elyse Noll- Seventh Place, Spreadsheet Applications
  • Matt Lupold- Seventh Place, Agribusiness
  • Teanna Shutt- Seventh Place, Healthcare Administration
  • Jake Trathen, Conner Swank, and Luke Rarig- Fifth Place, Partnership with a Business
Qualifying for the National Leadership Conference were:
  • Fran Schu, Amara Nazario, Aiyona Hayman- Third Place, Digital Video
  • Maddie Yocum- Third Place, Electronic Career Portfolio
  • Ryan Matukaitis, Sunny Sen, and Allen Potter- Third Place, Management Information Systems
The national competition will take place in Nashville, Tennessee from June 29th through July 2nd. Congratulations to our students and their advisors, Mrs. Lori Shively, Mrs. Kristie Anderson and Mrs. Victoria Kozlek for a job well-done! The advisors also wish to extend thanks to all Southern Columbia stakeholders who have provided support and/or mentorship to the school's FBLA students.

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