WILSON, N.C. — May 17, 2023 — Barton College was well represented at the 69th annual North Carolina Future Business Leaders of America Collegiate (FBLA-Collegiate) State Leadership Conference held recently in Charlotte. Sixteen Barton chapter members competed and placed in 18 of the competitive events during the conference, and six Barton students plan to represent the College at the National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, June 22-25.
Chapter Members Recognitions —
First Place honors at the state conference were awarded to Jazel Mendoza from Virginia Beach, Va., in the Job Interview competition. Adam Casey from Selma also placed first in Macroeconomics, and Silvia Fernandez-Trabadelo from Mataro, Spain, placed first in Microeconomics.
Second Place honors went to Katelyn Grant from Wilson in Cyber Security, Esmeralda Aranda-Garnica from Wilson and Katelyn Letchworth from Elm City in Digital Media, and Letchworth also in Website Design.
Trinna Rutan from Parkton placed third in Cyber Security. Also placing third were Milton Chandler from Jacksonville in Networking Concepts, and Brendon Bostley from Hilton, N.Y., in Sports Management & Marketing.
Ioanna Katoudi from Dartmund, Germany, earned fourth place honors in Information Management and Management Concepts. Also placing fourth were Fernandez-Trabadelo in Marketing Concepts, Casey in Programming Concepts, Chandler in Project Management, and Sarah Wicker from Claremont in Retail Management.
Mendoza placed fifth in Impromptu Speaking. Isabella Pita from Guayaguil, Ecuador, placed fifth in Information Management and Organizational Behavior & Leadership. Also earning fifth place recognitions were Jack Scalise from Burnt Hills, N.Y., in Networking Concepts, Grace McCartney from Thames, New Zealand, in Project Management, and Donovan Mungenast from Dacula, Ga., in Retail Management.
Sixth place recognition went to Wicker in Sports Management & Marketing. Grant earned seventh place recognition in Entrepreneurship Concepts. And, eighth place recognitions went to Mungenast in Computer Concepts, Amy Gutierrez-Luviano from Sims in Marketing Concepts, and McCartney in Organizational Behavior & Leadership.
Chapter Recognitions —
Statewide, Barton College’s FBLA-Collegiate program earned first place honors (tied with UNC-CH) for the largest increase in local chapter membership and third place honors for the largest local chapter membership. Barton was recognized as a Gold Star Chapter, and also received the Gold Seal Chapter Award and the Legacy Leadership Award.
In the Eastern Region for the N.C. FBLA-Collegiate SLC Regional Awards, Barton placed first as the largest local chapter delegation, the largest local chapter membership, and the largest increase in local chapter membership. Also, Barton placed first in the largest local chapter membership – professional division and placed second in the largest percentage of increase in local chapter membership in the Eastern Region.
Barton College was also recognized for meeting state goals for the N.C. FBLA-Collegiate Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Fund contribution and the N.C. FBLA-Collegiate Foundation, Inc. General Fund contribution, as well as maintaining or exceeding local chapter membership as compared to the previous year.
Barton College also has served as an event sponsor for the Business Decision Making competition from 2021-2023.
The Barton Chapter of FBLA-Collegiate (formerly Phi Beta Lambda) was founded in 1961 and has competed at the North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda (NC PBL) State Leadership Conference for the past 62 years.
For additional information about FBLA-Collegiate at Barton College, visit https://www.barton.edu/cocurricular/fbla-collegiate/.