Kennett High School’s FBLA Network Design Team and an individual competitor in Agribusiness advanced out of state competition to the Future Business Leaders of America National Conference and Competition to be held in Chicago, June 27-July 3. According to the FBLA Web site, “This conference is considered the pinnacle of the FBLA experience.”
The Network Design Team of Sean Huezo, Saarang Karandikar, and Michael Yue (all juniors) placed first in the state level competition, April 12-15 in Hershey. At the national level the team will have to complete an objective online test of competencies including network installation, problem solving and trouble shooting, network administration, configuration of Internet resources, backup and recovery, and configuration of network resources. The 15 teams with the highest objective test scores will move on to the final round in which the team is given a case study and 20 minutes to prepare a response and solution to the situation presented.
The team has a great deal of experience working together. All three are members of the Robotics Team and the Marching Band. Karandikar and Yue are also tennis teammates and doubles partners.
Freshman Benjamin Jordan qualified to the national competition by placing fourth at the state competition in a brand new event, Agribusiness. This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate an understanding of, and skill in, basic agribusiness concepts and procedures. The objective portion of the competition will focus on economics, finance and accounting, environmental management, marketing, terminology and trends.
Jordan remarked, “I was very surprised by my success at the state level. The questions covered everything: accounting, terms like ‘intramuscular injection’, and future market planning for anything from fiber based clothing to food.”
Jordan also participates in Mock Trial and Model UN at the high school. He is interested in pursuing a career in actuarial science.
Also finishing in the top ten at the State Leadership Conference, but not qualifying to nationals, were: the team of Becca Shoemaker, Amanda Haid, and Lauren Hauptschein (Business Ethics); the team of Nichol Brown, Maggie O’Sullivan, Alex Mark, and Phoebe Hertler (Parliamentary Procedures); the team of Richard Doty, Arshia Faghri, and Zach Shen (Global Business); Jon Sweet (Business Procedures).
The Kennett High School Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America is advised by Business Department Teacher Bill Fritsch who accompanied the students to the conference in Hershey. Fellow business teacher Chanel August also served as chaperone more than thirty KHS FBLA members who qualified to state competition from the regional level. In addition to those named above, regional qualifiers included Leo Battalora, Cody Brown, P.J. O’Sullivan, Julie Bates, Mairead O’Sullivan, Kavya Shetty, Jackie Tucker, Drew Church, Zach Hrenko, Ryan Salameda, Charles Shattuck, Aliyah Asel, Maggie O’Sullivan, Pearl Battalora, Erin Dooley, Hannah Huzar, Ananya Kapur, and April Lin.
The students moving on to the national competition will be accompanied by Amanda O’Connor, a member of the Social Studies Department.