Thirty-one of MMI Preparatory School's 51 participants placed in the top five of their respective categories at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Regional competition, including nine individuals and two teams who captured first place, and 23 students will advance to the 2021 FBLA State Leadership Conference.
MMI's first-place finishers and state qualifiers are: Katherine Lewandowski (Business Communication); Kevin McNulty (Cyber Security); the team of Sandra Abdulrahman, Thomas Mayernick, and Kennedy Tavaris (Graphic Design); Grace Warner (Healthcare Administration); Emily Borchick (Intro to FBLA); Manal Muhammad (Intro to Social Media Strategies); Rachael Betz (Journalism); Hiba Muhammad (Organizational Leadership); Jayden Bonham (Political Science); the team of Robert Rinaldi, James Kelly, and Connor Spencer (Sports & Entertainment Management); and Morgan Strecker (Supply Chain Management).
Additional State Leadership Conference qualifiers are: the team of Irene Altmiller and Alexandra Young (second place in Marketing); Abigail Sparich (second in Intro to Social Media Strategies); Annabel Dobash (second in Intro to Business Communication); Jessica Zheng (second in Intro to Business Presentation); Emily Hunsinger (second in Intro to Event Planning); Christian Homnack (second in Computer Problem Solving); Phoebe Bramley (third in Intro to Event Planning); and Edgar Lopez-Rodriguez (third in Intro to Financial Math).
Additional MMI students who placed in the top five in Region 16 are: Lindsay Horvat (third in Business Ethics); Daniella Vasquez (fourth in Healthcare Administration); the team of Kimberly Amentler and Julie Amentler (fourth in Hospitality Management & Event Planning); David Castro (fourth in Banking and Financial Systems); the team of Dominique Kline and Sydney Kohl (fourth in Marketing); and Emely Lopez-Rodriguez (fifth in Intro to Business Communication).
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda 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. MMI competes in Region 16, which includes students from schools throughout Luzerne County.