FBLA students compete at PA leadership conference

QCHS students were among more than 5,500 competitors at the Giant Center in Hershey that help increase students’ skills in more than just business fields, QCHS advisor Sandi Frisch said.
Posted on 04/26/2023
QCHS FBLA students at the Giant Center in Hershey.By Gary Weckselblatt

Two Quakertown Community High School students placed and another qualified to run for treasurer at the PA Future Business Leaders of America 2023 State Leadership Conference.

Connor Frisch, a junior, placed eighth in Network Design, and Katie Muller, a senior, finished ninth in E-business in the competition of 5,500 students at the Giant Center in Hershey. In addition, Richa Chawla, a junior, was one of four students chosen to compete for FBLA state treasurer.

QCHS was also recognized for several competitive categories, including Shaping Success, Summer Starter, Service Season, Champion Chapter, CTE Celebration, Big 33 Chapter Community Service, and How to be an Entrepreneur.

“I am so proud of the way our students performed,” QCHS FBLA advisor Sandi Frisch said. “They had to stand up in front of judges, listen and answer questions in real scenarios. They represented Quakertowm very well.”

In addition to Connor, Katie, and Richa, QCHS students at the conference were Brooke Alsante, Meghan Black, Dylan Chauhan, Grace and Maria Dakuginow, Gage Frisch, Riley Jarrett, Cole Matheny, Riley McGinty, Emily Parker, Julie Pizzi, and Emily Tolchin. Emma Pham and Gwyn Trumbore competed online.

“The performances of our students were positively awesome,” Superintendent Dr. Bill Harner said. “The district very much appreciates the efforts of FBLA advisor Sandi Frisch for her continued leadership of the FBLA program.”

Mrs. Frisch secured a grant from the Bux-Mont chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Tax and Accounting Professionals and the Trumbauersville Lions Club also provided a donation to help offset traveling costs.

She made the point that the FBLA competitions help increase students’ skills in more than just business fields, and listed health care administration, public speaking, graphic design, and video production as a sample of other career opportunities.

“This was a fabulous event for our young people,” Mrs. Frisch said. “The workshops on a variety of topics were incredibly engaging. Our kids were really dynamic interacting with FBLA students in a professional environment. They were fantastic.”

Gary Weckselblatt, QCSD Director of Communications, writes about the people and the programs that impact the Quakertown Community School District. He can be reached at 215-529- 2028 or [email protected].
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