Congratulations are extended to Ryan Matukaitis, Sunny Sen, and Allen Potter on capturing First Place in Management Information Systems competition held at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference held in Nashville, Tennessee on June 29–July 2. More than 10,000 students from across the United States and two countries were in attendance at this conference to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 60 business and business-related competitive events. The three Southern Columbia students were recognized at the FBLA Awards of Excellence held on July 2nd. 
"The boys worked hard researching and arming themselves with all the knowledge they needed for their final round," stated FBLA Co-Advisor Lori Shively. "I can't believe how professional and dedicated they have been, staying up most of the night. I'm so proud of their work ethic and character!" 
2014 FBLA National Winners in Management Information Systems
1. Ryan Matukaitis,
     Allen Potter,
     Sunny Sen, Southern Columbia Area High School, Pennsylvania
2. George Jones,
     Seth Stuart, Mountain View High School, Arizona
3. Zac Adams,
     Jason Wu, Peachtree Ridge High School, Georgia
4. Sydney Burke,
     Alison Ng, Woodinville High School, Washington
5. Mason Blanke,
     Timothy Rodriguez, Robinson Secondary School, Virginia
6. Tingyee Chang,
     Jay Kamat,
     Ashley Schmit, Homestead High School, California
7. Shelby Dietrich,
     Sarah Kunkel,
     Vanessa Miller, Chelan High School, Washington
8. Elysia Ouyang,
     Mina Rhee, University High School, California
9. Connor Nace,
     Matthew Plitt, Littlestown High School, Pennsylvania
10. Jared Frenzel,
     Elijah Kennedy,
     River Towne, Auburn High School, Nebraska
Fran Schu, Amara Nazario, Aiyona Hayman, and Maddie Yocum also qualified to compete at the National Leadership Conference. "Unfortunately, our girls didn't make the finals. But we want to say how proud we are of Maddie, Fran, Amara, and Aiyona," said Mrs. Shively. "It is quite an achievement to make it to the national level with the top competition in America. Even though we can't win them all, you four should be proud of how far you've come. Kudos to you!"
Southern Columbia Area's FBLA chapter also received recognition at the Conference. It received Second Place in the Eastern Region for Market Share, only behind Hazleton. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.
Congratulations to our national competitors and their advisors, Lori Shively and Kristie Anderson, for an outstanding effort and a job well done! 

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