Carbondale Area FBLA Excels at Regional Competition
Eleven Carbondale Area students took home First Place awards in their respective categories. Pictured left to right: Luke Bradley, Brycen Kelly, Kyle Perri, Matthew Totsky, Molly Kelly, Abigail Wall, Kylie Kelly, Emily Kelly, Julia Gorel, Gia Mark, and Shauna Durst.

Carbondale Area FBLA Excels at Regional Competition


Carbondale Area Future Business Leaders of America, under the direction of Ms. Licia Olivetti, excelled at the Regional Competition. Eleven students placed first in their respective categories and punched their ticket to the state competition and joined the twenty-one others who qualified for the state championships held April 10-13  in Hershey, PA. Carbondale Area will be represented by thirty-two students at this competition. Also at the event, sophomore Megan Cosklo was also elected Region 22 Vice President for next year; she replaces her sister, Alyssa, who is graduating this year.

Carbondale Area will be well-represented at the FBLA State Competition held in April, with thirty-two qualifying students. Pictured are the following- First row (left to right): Scarlette Blaustein, Jocelyn Brown, Elizabeth Pantoja, Rylee Colonna, and Ciara Martin, Middle row (left to right): Eliana Connolly, Abigail Wall, Kylie Kelly, Audrey Cobb, Makenna Fedorchak, Chloee Rumford, Deanna Holbert, Shauna Durst, and Gia Mark. Back row (left to right): Guy Mushow, Matthew Totsky, Luke Bradley, Bryan Salitsky, Brycen Kelly, Kyle Perri, Maddie Borders, Gianna Gallo, Hannah Mccaffrey, Alyssa Cosklo, Emily Kelly, Makena Sanderson, Julia Gorel, Molly Kelly, Jessica Esbensen , and Caleb Higdon. Missing from photo: Julia Murphy.

Below is a recap of the results.

First Place

Accounting- Luke Bradley

Banking and Financial Systems- Team of Matthew Totsky and Brycen Kelly

Computer Problem Solving- Emily Kelly

Insurance and Risk Management- Kyle Perri

International Business- Team of Gia Mark and Shauna Durst

Introduction to Business Concepts- Abigail Wall

Introduction to Business Procedures- Kylie Kelly

Introduction to Information Technology- Molly Kelly

Personal Finance- Julia Gorel

Second Place

Health Care Administration- Alyssa Cosklo

Help Desk- Chloee Rumford

Introduction to Business Procedures- Eliana Connolly

Organizational Leadership- Deanna Holbert

Securities and Investment- Julia Murphy

Third Place

Business Law- Elizabeth Pantoja

Health Care Administration- Makenna Fedorchak

Help Desk- Mia Perri

Insurance and Risk Management- Makena Sanderson

Introduction to Business Concepts- Megan Cosklo

Introduction to Business Procedures- Scarlette Blaustein

Introduction to Event Planning- Ciara Martin

Political Science- Audrey Cobb

Fourth Place

Business Law- Bryan Salitsky

Computer Problem Solving- Caleb Higdon

Graphic Design- Evan Miller

Help Desk- Guy Mushow

Intro to Business Concepts- Jocelyn Brown

Political Science- Gianna Gallo

Securities and Investment- Madalyn Borders

The students were very proud of their achievements. “I’m thrilled that I placed first and enjoy being a part of this club,” noted freshman Abigail Wall, who placed first in “Introduction to Business Concepts” in her very first competition.

Abigail Wall

Sophomore Kylie Kelly, who placed first in “Introduction to Business Procedures,” is looking forward to the state competition. “I’m excited to attend the FBLA state completion this year with my friends and some of my family. Everyone in the club did a great job and worked extremely hard. This club has made amazing accomplishments and I can’t wait to go to the competition in Hershey.”

Kylie Kelly

Juniors Gia Mark and Shauna Durst teamed up to score first in “International Relations.” Mark, who made states as a sophomore but did not make the trip to Hershey due to the pandemic, is excited to go. “After making it to states last year and not being able to go, I am excited to finally get the opportunity this year.”

Durst made a huge improvement from last year to secure a spot in the state competition. “After getting thirteenth place [last year] and getting first this year, it goes to show I can do anything I put my mind to.”

Gia Mark (left) and Shauna Durst (right)

Congratulations to all the students and best of luck in the state competition!

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