FBLA team competes at nationals

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After qualifying from the state conference in March, 11 students attended the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Chicago, June 28 to July 3.

To compete, 10 students took objective tests consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions. Junior Charlotte Wu won the State Champion title in the category Introduction to Business Communications and went on to compete at Nationals. “My category dealt with specific grammar and terminology used in the business world. I studied mostly by taking a lot of practice tests and using Quizlets, but I also made sure to review grammar rules,” Wu said. 

Recent graduate Emilin Mathew competed in the Public Speaking category, performing a five-minute speech after she also won the State Champion title. “My speech examined business goals of perseverance and I connected the larger theme to myself on a more personal scale. It felt extremely empowering to be able to speak to people and share my message with them,” Mathew said.

For recreation, the team enjoyed Chicago delicacies such as Portillo’s hot dogs and deep-dish pizza. Dessert tacos, late-night ice cream and International McDonald’s completed the trip. They visited Chinatown, a local dog park and even toured the University of Chicago and Northwestern University in their downtime. On the last day, students went sightseeing to see The Chicago Bean – sometimes known as the Cloud Gate – a reflective metal structure shaped like a giant bean. They strolled through the Chicago Riverwalk and watched the early Fourth of July fireworks July 2 at the Navy Pier.

Five students emerged victorious in either their main competitive events or FBLA’s open events, which any student can participate in. In open events, senior Leonid Cherevko (second from left) won First Place in Nonprofit Management and senior Rosa Wu (fourth from left) won First Place in Computer Operating Systems. In their main events, junior Anya Pinto (third from left) won First Place in Introduction to FBLA, senior Evan Burkeen (fifth from left) won Fifth Place in Political Science and senior Sebastian Salaues Sevo (first from left) won Eighth Place in Organizational Leadership. (Photo/Odin Farkas)

Anya Pinto, a sophomore at American Heritage School, is entering her first year as a writer for the Patriot Post. Music has always been closest to Anya’s heart. She loves to sing and play the piano, the ukulele and the guitar. Besides Newspaper and academics, Anya created the Current Events Club at Heritage and is involved in several other activities such as Speech & Debate, Mock Trial, Model UN, Student Government and swimming. She enjoys volunteering with organizations such as Best Buddies and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Two years ago, Anya moved to Florida from India. She is passionate about feminism, anti-racism, climate change and battling cultural stigmas. Anya looks forward to being part of iPatriotPost.