Lemont High School’s chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) placed among the top three in nine of its 10 events at the Central Northern Area Conference regional, which was contested at Lincoln-Way East High School on January 18.
Students in Lemont’s FBLA chapter were among nearly 180 competitors representing seven 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 one team competition and three individual events. Sophomores Jayne Pelen and Jackie Wencl triumphed in Social Media Campaign, while individual winners included sophomores Gracie Meloni (Public Speaking) and Adam Yaagoub (Intro to Financial Math) and freshman Lauren Meyer (Intro to Business Presentation).
Seniors Abeezar Kanpurwala and Anish Sabnis teamed for a second place in Marketing; seniors Abigail Belsan and Loukas Ziogas finished as the runner-up in Social Media; and senior Emily Knutte placed second in Agribusiness.
Seniors Jake Konieczka and Ella Pelen were third in Emerging Business Issues, while juniors Sean Abbott and Devin Shah placed third in Global Business.
Lemont’s FBLA chapter has won at least one event state title eight of the last 10 years, and has captured multiple championships six times, including a school-record five state titles in both 2011 and 2016. Martynas Juskelis ‘18, Anna Mietus ‘19 and Alex Paulius ‘18 each won three state titles in their careers, while Spenser Bailey ‘16, Danny Banas ‘11 and Krystian Paszek ‘11 won two each.
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 FBLA may be found on the Web at www.ilfbla.org. Lemont’s FBLA chapter is sponsored by teacher John Aspel.