by Lisa Tome
Olivia Richart's years in 4-H paid off.
Richart, a junior at North East High School and member of the school's Future Business Leaders of America, applied what she's learned in both organizations and came out a winner. "It was really intimidating. But I got to use what I learned in 4-H," said Richart.
Richart, and a dozen other students from NEHS earned wins at the state FBLA conference which means they will now compete in Chicago.
"I am very thrilled. We fundraised (for the trip) all year," said FBLA Advisor Jessica McGowan. It was a record setting year for the school.
Thirteen students, qualified to compete at the FBLA National Leadership Conference which will be held this summer.
Olivia Richart - Agribusiness
Ben Butenewicz and Joe Rodriguez - American Enterprise Project
Mary Beitler and Liz Duong - Desktop Publishing
"It was a new experience. But I had a lot of fun," said Duong. Jessica Bitondo, Cameron Kruk, and Conor McNeice - Partnership with Business
Cameron Kruk - Business Calculations
Jessica Moran - Database Design and Application
Taylor Roark - Business Procedures
Kevin Dennis, Tyler Shrewsbury, and CJ Sizemore - Community Service Project
Other Top 10 winners
Alexis Wilks-Brown - Client Services
Jessica Bitondo, Tyler Shrewsbury, and CJ Sizemore - Digital Video Production
Alex Yetkin - Introduction to Information Technology
Nick Coleman - Sales Presentation
Noah Boudart - Agribusiness
Brooke Wagner - Business Procedures
Ben Butenewicz - Sales Presentation
In addition to the individual winners, Ben Butenewicz was elected as the 2015-16 Maryland State Chapter Secretary-Treasurer. The school's chapter also received first place for local chapter business report and second place for FBLA Week. The FBLA from NEHS was also ranked second overall for Outstanding Chapter.
"It's always exciting to go to nationals. I am hoping someone makes it to the finals or places," said McGowan.