Eight TAHS students place at FBLA Regional Leadership Conference

Fifteen members from Tyrone Area High School participated at the Regional Leadership Conference for Future Business Leaders of America on Jan. 31 at the DuBois Business College in Huntingdon. They competed with nine other schools including Clearfield, State College and Mount Union in various business-related skills. The club members also attended the official meetings for Region 14 FBLA.
The following students placed in their respective categories: Jessica Bardell, business calculations, fifth place; Megan Garland, business procedures, fifth place; Lea Morrissey, word processing I, fifth place; Stevi Medina, word processing II, fifth place; Jill Hunter and JD Shaw, marketing, fourth and second places; Austin Lynn, accounting II, third place; and Ashley Gummo, computer applications, first place.
Students were required to take objective assessments at the conference, which depended on the business skill they were being tested on. Some of the students had to take home-site tests at the high school first and then take another test at the conference to qualify for a place in their category.
“Tyrone in ratio and proportion did very well,” said FBLA advisor Sara Gardner. “Over half of our kids placed. There were probably about 125-150 students there.”
Gummo, Lynn and Shaw qualified to compete at the State Leadership Conference at Seven Springs Resort on April 7-9.
“That will entail taking another objective test,” said Gardner. “Ashley (Gummo) will have to take another home-site test, and then we’ll go to Seven Springs.
“They will have workshops that they’ll have to attend, and meetings that they’ll have to attend, take their tests for the competition, and then there will be an awards ceremony.”
Mrs. Gardner will accompany the qualifying students at Seven Springs. The purpose of FBLA is to promote business awareness to its student members, while teaching the importance of helping others. Each year club officers decide on a project for FBLA to raise money to support a cause. This year, the students are fundraising for Habitat for Humanity. Mrs. Gardner has been the group advisor for 13 years.