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EHS FBLA Members Shine at State Leadership Conference

Eastchester members of the Future Business Leaders of America turned in another fine performance last week, when students attended the New York State Leadership Conference held in Rochester.


From April 10-12, EHS chapter members got to rub shoulders with likeminded students from all over the state, competing in several events for a chance to attend the FBLA’s National Leadership Conference in June. 


All told, six Eagles—competing across 10 events—earned top-five finishes, earning the right to attend the National Leadership Conference this summer.


Participation in the FBLA—and in events like last week’s conference—provide a valuable opportunity for students by allowing them to apply classroom concepts in a competitive environment that simulates the modern workplace. This helps expand students  leadership and networking skills while also helping them to get a better idea of the career paths that may be available in various disciplines. 


Eastchester came away with two first-place finishes over the course of the two-day event, as senior Ava Pollicina won the Client Services competition and Kaya Nolan took first in Supply Chain Management. 


EHS senior Sal Conte—who placed fourth in Business Management—said he and the rest of the FBLA chapter look forward to these live events all year long.


“What drew me to the club was the variety of leadership opportunities it opened up for me, and another reason for my participation in this club is the ability to take part in competitive events,” said Conte. "Each competitive event represents a useful concept, especially in an increasingly competitive and dynamic workforce, where individuals need knowledge of these concepts.”


Fellow senior Mia Faustini (second place, Human Resource Management and fifth place, Journalism), said that her time in the FBLA—she joined the club as a 10th grader—has been a true catalyst for personal and academic growth.


“Throughout my high school career, I have grown into a much more outspoken and confident person; FBLA has allowed me to develop my organizational and leadership skills in an environment that is educational and welcoming,” she said. “I will cherish the relationships and memories that have come from the leadership conferences for years to come.”


The National Leadership Conference will take place in Orlando, FL from June 29 to July 2. Last year, Eastchester sent four FBLA members to the NLC, with Kaya Nolan taking home a second-place finish in Advertising. 


According to Conte, the performance of Eastchester students at these events is as much a testament to their ability as it is a function of the dedication of Eastchester’s faculty. 


“The large number of students who have been placed at the State Leadership Conference and are earning a spot at the National Leadership Conference is just a testament to this club's strength over the past two years,” said Conte. “It is without question that both Ms. Stipo and Ms. Schlamkowitz care about our successes, and that is what we need as we advance into the national competition.”



2024 New York State Leadership Conference Results


1st Place in Client Services- Ava Pollicina

1st Place in Supply Chain Management- Kaya Nolan

2nd place in UX Design-Nomuun Undrakh

2nd Place in Human Resource Management- Mia Faustini

3rd place in Insurance Risk Management- Kaya Nolan

3rd Place in Cyber Security- Nomuun Undrakh

4th place in Business Plan Competition- Nanato Kuboi

4th place in Business Management- Sal Conte

4th place in Digital Video Production- Nanato Kuboi

5th Place in Journalism- Mia Faustini