West Orange Future Business Leaders Gain Skills At Conference – Patch

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The following news release comes courtesy of the West Orange Public School District. Learn more about posting announcements or events to your local Patch site.
Nine students from the West Orange High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club traveled to the State Conference in Atlantic City from March 9 to 11 and came away with stronger leadership skills, awards, and memorable experiences to prepare them for the future ahead.
The event began with WOHS FBLA team member Sophia Rowan singing the national anthem at the conference kickoff.
“The event was packed with competitions, meetings, and workshops,” began club Advisor Anne Hanson.
“Our club had two teams participate in the competitions. Team International Business members included Amie Binan, Vanisha Janaki, and Sophia Rowan, who advanced to the Final Round. Team Sports and Entertainment Management members included Frank Palumbo, Ethan Schwartz, and Justin Schwartz. Connor Darville competed in the Political Science competition and qualified to participate at the National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois this summer,” she explained.
Community Co-chairs Amie Binan and Vanisha Janaki were awarded First Place in the FBLA Community Service Project, “Stories for Success.” They collected over 2,000 books throughout the school district and donated them to BookSmiles, an organization that distributes them to communities in need.
“Thank you to Sophia Rowan who also helped with the collection of books, and a big thank you to Mr. Binan, Mrs. Krishnai, Mrs. Rowan, and Mrs. Springer King, for all their help in collecting and delivering the books,” added Hanson.
Team member Vanisha Janaki was selected as a State officer and will serve as Vice-President for the North Central Region for the 2022-2023 school year.
“These boys and girls worked very hard to make it to nationals and get some wins too. They learned so much about leadership and presentation to prepare them for the professional world they will be entering.,” said parent Deepa Krishna.
“We are looking forward to another exciting year in the FBLA Club,” concluded Hanson.
Students interested in joining the FBLA Club can reach out to Ms. Hanson in Room 2102. View photos from the event here: https://www.instagram.com/wohsfbla/
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