by Lisa Tome
The future of business looks bright in Cecil County.
More than half of the North East High School students attending the State Future Business Leaders of America competition walked away a winner.
Bo Manor also had an impressive showing at the event.
Jessica Schneider, NEHS FBLA advisor, took 18 team members to Hunt Valley earlier this month and came back to Cecil with 15 awards and 11 students, a record number, qualified for FBLA nationals. Nationals are set for June 28 through July 3 in Nashville, Tennessee.
"In two events we got first places. It was very shocking. We haven't had that many in my six years here," said Schneider.
Three of the current team members have qualified for nationals before. Sophomore Ben Butenewicz collected a first place win and earned the trip to Nashville. "I'm very excited," said Butenewicz.
Walter Dorsett qualified for nationals last year. He said that practice and preparation should be a top priority. In addition to that, students also will work on fundraising to pay for the trips. Schneider said that the FBLA chapter will pay for student expenses while in Tennessee. Students are responsible for their travel and lodging. They will host a Dodge Ball tournament at school as a group. Individuals will also hold their own fundraisers including a spaghetti dinner at an area church.
Those from Bo Manor High School who placed in Hunt Valley are:
Todd Taylor and Jack Bradley, first place in the Management and Decision Making category. Joshua Porte placed second in the Computer Applications category. Haley Collins, Mary Healey, and Hailey Bradley placed third in Hospitality Management.
Bo Manor teacher Gwen Barteld was also selected FBLA Advisor of the Year.
The North East High School students who placed in Hunt Valley are:
Ben Butenewicz and Joe Rodriguez, first place in the American Enterprise Project category. Jessica Lukeman and Emily Bitondo place first in Partnership with Business Project. Caitlyn Hill and Kasey Lee placed second in Desktop Publishing. Colin Coogan, Walter Dorsett, and Kasey Lee place third in Community Service Project. Colin Coogan, Tyler Shrewsbury, and CJ Sizemore placed third in Management Decision Making. Jamie Womack placed third in Database Design and Application.
All of these students qualified for the FBLA Nationals in Nashville.
The North East High FBLA Chapter was also honored for their chapter business report, business leaders week, and chapter scrapbook.