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Future Business Leaders of Lemont HS Take Home Top Prizes

Check out how the high school's Future Business Leaders of America fared at their regional competition.

Lemont High School’s chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) fared well at the Central Northern Area Conference regional, which was held at Lincoln-Way East High School on Jan. 18.

Lemont won eight event titles, totaled nine runner-up finishes, and placed competitors among the top three in 20 of 22 events in which it was entered. Lemont will compete at the 2014 Illinois FBLA State Leadership Conference in Springfield, Ill., on March 28-29.

Students in Lemont’s FBLA chapter were among approximately 200 competitors representing 10 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 individual events and two team competitions. SeniorsMaggie Ernst and Bridget Lynn won in the Community Service Project category; and seniors Lizzy Forzley and Alexandra Ziogas and junior Ariana Ziogas teamed to triumph in Entrepreneurship. 

Individual event winners included: seniors Austin Economos (Economic) and Kevin Trojak (Accounting II); junior Katie Atherton (Computer Applications); sophomoresPaulina Cygan (Introduction to Business) and Julissa Nuñez (Impromptu Speaking); and freshman Megan Atherton (Word Processing). 

Lemont also had nine event runner-up finishes, including four in team competition and five in individual events. Juniors Roy DelaTorreSantino Fortino and Connor Koehler placed second in Global Business; juniors Rachael Hill andMairead Hogan were the runner-up in Emerging Business Issues; juniors Emma O’Leary and Bansi Padalia finished second in Business Ethics; and freshmen Kevin Papiernik and John Pender teamed for second in Entrepreneurship.

Other second-place finishers included: seniors Ryan Bishop (Web Site Design) and Mike Mlady (Personal Finance); junior Simon Batistich(Business Communication); sophomore Misbah Chagpar (Business Math); and freshman Kassandra Mlady (Public Speaking I). 

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.fbla.gen.il.us. Lemont’s FBLA chapter is co-sponsored by teachers John Aspel and Bill Mondrella.

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