For the first time since 2019, the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) National Leadership Conference was an in-person event. Held in Chicago, Illinois, this conference brought together more than 12,000 members, advisers, and guests, including nearly 600 members of the Pennsylvania delegation.
Besides informative workshops and exciting campaigns for national offices, students had the opportunity to participate in a competitive events program consisting of more than 70 different business/business-related events.
This year 12 students represented Western Wayne High School including Gavin Murphy and Morgan Coccodrilli, Sales Presentation; Lou Azzato and Stevie Wilkinson, Public Service Announcement; Alex Chapman, Kaeli Romanowski, and Jenna Kwiatkowski, Parliamentary Procedure; Rachel Tuman, Entrepreneurship; Adrian Agnello and Weston Nugent, Intro to Business Presentation; and Rhayni Carroll and Emily Romanowski, Intro to Parliamentary Procedure.
At the Awards of Excellence Program held over two evenings, Western Wayne rising junior Rhayni Carroll captured a seventh-place award in Intro to Parliamentary Procedure. In addition, Theresa Lubash, local chapter adviser, was recognized as Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Adviser of the Year.
While in Chicago, the students had the opportunity to see many of the sights including “The Bean” in Millennium Park, the Navy Pier, a boat cruise focusing on the unique architecture of the city and a visit to the top of the John Hancock Building and the Willis Tower to take in the beautiful scenery.
Accompanying the students were Theresa Lubash, business teacher and FBLA local chapter adviser, and former adviser, Fran Vitovsky.