ET students shine at county FBLA event

Maverick students to represent Baltimore City, County schools at state competition
Posted on 02/04/2019
ET FBLA students at the regional competition

On Monday, January 7th, ninety-seven Eastern Tech students attended the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Regional Leadership Conference held at Hereford High School. This conference was the first portion of a competition that each member will participate in for the duration of the school year. During the Regional Leadership Conference, Eastern Tech students competed against all public and private school students in both Baltimore County and Baltimore City for the chance to advance to the second portion of the competition held at the state level. Students attending the conference participate in a series of activities assessing knowledge, skills, and performance in various fields. Under the guidance of FBLA advisor Dan Murphy, Eastern Tech boasted winners in a variety of categories including 3D animation, accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, global business, graphic design, and health care administration, among others.

Maverick seniors Amy Peshku, Angel Ritter and Kailey Van’t Hoff won first prize for their presentation in the graphic design competition which required students to create and execute design plans for a new high school. The group designed everything from the school mascots to athletic uniforms and decals. “I really enjoyed the opportunity to be totally creative in the planning stage. The extra work we put in to accentuate the details definitely paid off,” Peshku said. “Our ability to collaborate so well during both the creative and design stages helped us present during the conference. We felt confident because we knew we put the work in,” Rutter added. Fellow seniors Jane Lee and Lorenzo Regala finished first in their respective portions of the testing component of the competition. This was the first FBLA competition for Lee, who felt that the career major courses she takes at Eastern Tech, “definitely prepared me for the Health Care Administration test.” For Regala, who has been to FBLA nationals twice, winning at regionals is exciting because of the group presentation component that is a part of state and national competitions. “The content of my field is interesting, but I really enjoy problem-solving as part of a collaborative effort,” Regala said.

Of the ninety-seven Eastern Tech students who competed in presentations, projects and objective tests during the Regional Conference, seventy-two qualified for the State Leadership Conference held in March which is the most for any chapter in the state of Maryland. Of his group, Murphy commented, “These students have worked incredibly hard to reach this level of success and will continue to work hard and prepare for the State Leadership Conference.” At the state conference, students will compete against all other chapter members in the state of Maryland for the chance to advance to the National Leadership Conference and Competition held this June in San Antonio, Texas.