Lemont’s FBLA chapter totals 11 first-place finishes in regional competition


Lemont's FBLA chapter racked up 15 top-two finishes in regional competition at Lincoln-Way East High School.

Lemont High School’s chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) placed among the top two in 15 of its 19 events in a regional event that serves as a tune-up for state competition. Lemont racked up 11 event wins at the Central Northern Area Conference regional, which was contested at Lincoln-Way East High School on January 19. Lemont will compete at the 2019 Illinois FBLA State Leadership Conference in Springfield, Ill., on April 5-6.

Students in Lemont’s FBLA chapter were among competitors representing eight Chicago-area high schools at the Central Northern Area Conference regional, a one-day event that included business and leadership training workshops and seminars, in addition to the competitive events.

Lemont students placed first in six team competitions and five individual events. Juniors Linas Juskelis, Jake Konieczka and Louka Ziogas won in Business Ethics; seniors Sebastian Rafacz, Pawel Skotnicki and Arijus Trakymas triumphed in E-Business; juniors Matthew Deuschle and Anish Sabnis were victorious in Entrepreneurship; freshmen Jayne Pelen and Jackie Wencl were tops in Intro to Business Presentation; seniors Brett Abbott, Andrew Deuschle, Gavin Pawell, Nathan Pawlak and Lucas Zaczek won in Parliamentary Procedure; and seniors Ella Pelen and Briley Rakow came away with a win in Publication Design.

Individual winners included seniors Alex Fugiel (Future Business Leader), Kirsten Kash (Broadcast Journalism), Matt Krueger (Accounting II) and Anna Mietus (Public Speaking), and freshman Ross Metzler (Digital Video Production).

Four individuals recorded runner-up finishes, including Brett Abbott (Battle of the Chapters), juniors Abigail Belsan (Sales Presentation) and Jacob Clarage (Job Interview), and sophomore Sean Abbott (Sports & Entertainment Management).

Lemont’s FBLA chapter has won at least one event state title in seven of its last nine years, and has captured multiple championships six times, including a school-record five state titles in both 2011 and 2016. Mietus is one of just six students in school history to record multiple FBLA state crowns, having finished first in Intro to Business Presentation in 2017 and Broadcast Journalism in 2018.

The FBLA is the largest business career student organization in the world, and includes 215,000 students worldwide in its high school division. Illinois’ chapter of the FBLAorganization in the world, and includes 215,000 students worldwide in its high school division. Illinois’ chapter of the FBLA may be found on the Web at www.ilfbla.org. Lemont’s FBLA chapter is sponsored by teacher John Aspel.

For more information, contact Director of School and Community Relations Tony Hamilton at (630) 243-3280.

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