Forty-seven of MMI Preparatory School’s 76 entrants in ninth through 12th grades qualified to attend the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Pennsylvania State Leadership Conference, which will be held from April 2-5 in Hershey.
MMI students qualified for the state conference in 26 different individual and team competitive events during a regional competition at the Woodlands in Wilkes-Barre. The list of competitive categories includes: Business Calculations, Business Ethics, Business Law, Business Planning, Client Service, Computer Problem Solving, Cyber Security, Global Business, Health Care Administration, Help Desk, Insurance and Risk Management, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Business Procedures, Introduction to Financial Math, Introduction to Information Technology, Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure, Journalism, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Organizational Management, Personal Finance, Publication Design, Public Speaking, Public Service Announcement, Securities and Investments, and Sports and Entertainment Management.
Freshmen: Ayla Cooper, daughter of Lea Cooper, White Haven, and Jason Cooper, Avoca; Jonathan DeBellis, son of Mark and Maria DeBellis, Sugarloaf; Alexander Jordan, son of Robert and Teresa Jordan, Drums; Marcus Kassick, son of Danielle and Angel Morales, West Hazleton; Harrison Kress, son of Jessica Holliday, Drums, and Joseph and Tracy Kress, Sugarloaf; Skyler Stabin, daughter of Victor Stabin and Joan Morykin, Jim Thorpe; and Adam Tron, son of Dr. Eduardo Tron and Dr. Graciela Bianco, Mountaintop.
Sophomores: Mahum Ahmed, daughter of Dr. Asad and Dr. Bina Ahmed, Mountaintop; Kaitlyn Bellizia, daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann Bellizia, Sugarloaf; Elliot Blasko, son of Mark and Susan Blasko, White Haven; Elizabeth Borchick, daughter of Lance and Cynthia Borchick, Drums; Nicholas Carrato, son of Dr. Anthony and Carmine Carrato, Hazleton; Andrew Decker, son of Aaron Decker, Kingston, and Elizabeth and Troy Topolski, Sugarloaf; Tyler Degenhart, son of Dr. John and Janet Degenhart, Hazleton; Wesley Guarneri, son of Vincent and Sop Guarneri, Wilkes-Barre; Kelisa Hysenbegasi, daughter of Sezai and Lirie Hysenbegasi, Hazle Township; Alexander Kline, son of Dr. Gerard and Caterina Kline, Mountaintop; Morgan Long, son of David and Theresa Long, Mountaintop; Kaitlyn McGeehan, daughter of Thomas and Sandra McGeehan, Drums; Brian Payne, son of Brian and Marie Payne, Sugarloaf; Coleman Smith, son of Keith and Laura Smith, White Haven; Alyssa Sweda, daughter of John and Jacqueline Sweda, Hazle Township; and Zachary Young, son of Christian and Nicole Young, Freeland.
Juniors: Anna Haber, daughter of Dr. John and Cathryn Haber, Tresckow; Sydney Karpowich, daughter of Atty. Donald Karpowich and Tracy Gallagher, Sugarloaf; Chava Kornblatt, daughter of Joseph and Georgia Kornblatt, Kingston; James Lambert, son of James and Kate Lambert, Blakeslee; Marc Lobitz, son of Dr. Mark and Stephanie Lobitz, Hazleton; Talia Logerfo, daughter of John and Diane Logerfo, Conyngham; George Palermo, son of Mary Kelly Palermo, Sugarloaf, and George Palermo, Hoboken, NJ; Abigail Paul, daughter of Rustin and Cynthia Paul, Jim Thorpe; Jakob Schwabe, son of Marybeth Hayden, Hazle Township, and Scott Schwabe, New York, NY; Julia Snyder, daughter of Dr. Christopher and Dr. Jill Snyder, Sugarloaf; and Stephanie Zellner, daughter of Stephen and Theresa Zellner, Drums.
Seniors: Kevin Cibak, son of James and Deirdre Cibak, Sugarloaf; Eric Degenhart, son of Dr. John and Janet Degenhart, Hazleton; Evan Dryfoos, son of Llewellyn and Maura Dryfoos, Sugarloaf; Douglas Genetti, son of Timothy and Michelle Genetti, Sugarloaf; Garrett Kost, son of Joseph and Natalie Kost, Freeland; Joey Kress, daughter of Jessica Holliday, Drums, and Joseph and Tracy Kress, Sugarloaf; Allison McGeehan, daughter of Thomas and Sandra McGeehan, Drums; Dillon Merenich, son of Michael and Cindy Merenich, Freeland; Kisan Patel, son of Dr. Dilipkumar and Dr. Minaben Patel, Mountaintop; Jessica Smith, daughter of Jonathan and Beatrice Smith, White Haven; Jonathan Smith, son of Jonathan and Beatrice Smith, White Haven; Lucas Smith, son of Robynn Smith, Drums; and Nicholas Young, son of Christian and Nicole Young, Freeland.
Future Business Leaders of America is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational association of student members preparing for careers in business or who are interested in learning more about the free enterprise system. FBLA helps students develop leadership abilities and prepare for entry into, and advancement within, a business or business-related occupation. Members learn how to engage in business enterprise, how to direct the affairs of a group and how to compete honorably in competitive events. These activities help prepare students to be better employees and better citizens.