14 Manual students proceed to FBLA National Leadership Conference

Last Wednesday, Manual’s FBLA team produced 24 winning projects at the state competition, 14 of which advanced to the FBLA National Leadership Conference this June in Anaheim, California.

Of the nearly 60 Manual students who competed, 43 were a part of a winning project, while 21 contributed to a project that qualified for nationals.

This level of success is typical for the Manual team, according to team sponsor Mr. Todd Eastridge (Business). “We usually qualify 25 to 30, so it’s in the ballpark. It’s getting a little harder to qualify students, as FBLA is growing in the state,” Mr. Eastridge said.

According to Mr. Eastridge, the state has added between five and eight new FBLA chapters in the past year, where schools such as Ballard have increased their membership to nearly 400. He also expects close to 10,000 participants in the national competition, compared with 2,000 at the state level.

Nonetheless, Mr. Eastridge is satisfied with his team’s performance. “It’s always good to be registered in that many events and winning that many trophies, generally having our name called a lot,” he said.

Despite the high number of students who qualified, only seven plan on actually attending the National Leadership Conference.

“It’s not worth the cost of going,” said Naethan Mundkur (12), who’s project placed 2nd in the Global Business category. “We’d be spending over $1,000 with a high probability of not placing,” Mundkur said.

Freshman Richard Gunasena shares a different view, as he plans on attending the conference. “I thought it would be a good experience. I had fun at state, so I assume I will at nationals as well. I also may not have the chance when I’m older,” Gunasena said.

Mr. Eastridge was also impressed with team’s maturity as they dealt with the hysteria surrounding the University of Louisville’s Men’s basketball team winning the NCAA tournament. The hotel was located downtown, and the team watched as several celebrations erupted in the streets below.

“I was happy with how they conducted themselves after the game that night. Our kids celebrated the appropriate way, and they all made it back in their rooms before the midnight room-check,” Mr. Eastridge said.

 

duPont Manual State FBLA Trophy Winners 2013

*-Qualified for National Competition

#-Competing at National Competition

 

*Minsu Kim, Choong-won Jin, Nag Alluri- Banking and Financial

Sarika Polcum, Avani Kabra, Kannan Manasaa- Bulletin Board

Madan Subheeswar- Business Calculation

Yuyao Ding- Business Communication

John Yang, Jimin Kwon, Sherry Wang- Business Ethics

*Michael Pearson- Business Math

#Richard Gunasena- Client Service

Roberto Bollio- Computer Problem Solving

*Jonathon Yi- Database Design and Application

Robin Zhao, Burak Aslan- Digital Video Production

Lekha Devara, Jiahui Hu, Nivedita Khandkar- E-Business

Hellary Zhang- Econ

#Janice Im- FBLA Principles and Procedures

*Jamshed Kaikaus, Naethan Mundkur, Phillip Chuong- Global Business

Danyal Bhutto- Impromptu Speaking

*Shravan Ravinshankar- Intro to Business

#Emily Hu- Intro to Business

Last Wednesday, Manual’s FBLA team produced 24 winning projects at the state competition, 14 of which advanced to the FBLA National Leadership Conference this June in Anaheim, California.

Of the nearly 60 Manual students who competed, 43 were a part of a winning project, while 21 contributed to a project that qualified for nationals.

This level of success is typical for the Manual team, according to team sponsor Mr. Todd Eastridge (Business). “We usually qualify 25 to 30, so it’s in the ballpark. It’s getting a little harder to qualify students, as FBLA is growing in the state,” Mr. Eastridge said.

According to Mr. Eastridge, the state has added between five and eight new FBLA chapters in the past year, where schools such as Ballard have increased their membership to nearly 400. He also expects close to 10,000 participants in the national competition, compared with 2,000 at the state level.

Nonetheless, Mr. Eastridge is satisfied with his team’s performance. “It’s always good to be registered in that many events and winning that many trophies, generally having our name called a lot,” he said.

Despite the high number of students who qualified, only seven plan on actually attending the National Leadership Conference.

“It’s not worth the cost of going,” said Naethan Mundkur (12), who’s project placed 2nd in the Global Business category. “We’d be spending over $1,000 with a high probability of not placing,” Mundkur said.

Freshman Richard Gunasena shares a different view, as he plans on attending the conference. “I thought it would be a good experience. I had fun at state, so I assume I will at nationals as well. I also may not have the chance when I’m older,” Gunasena said.

Mr. Eastridge was also impressed with team’s maturity as they dealt with the hysteria surrounding the University of Louisville’s Men’s basketball team winning the NCAA tournament. The hotel was located downtown, and the team watched as several celebrations erupted in the streets below.

“I was happy with how they conducted themselves after the game that night. Our kids celebrated the appropriate way, and they all made it back in their rooms before the midnight room-check,” Mr. Eastridge said.

 

duPont Manual State FBLA Trophy Winners 2013

*-Qualified for National Competition

#-Competing at National Competition

 

*Minsu Kim, Choong-won Jin, Nag Alluri- Banking and Financial

Sarika Polcum, Avani Kabra, Kannan Manasaa- Bulletin Board

Madan Subheeswar- Business Calculation

Yuyao Ding- Business Communication

John Yang, Jimin Kwon, Sherry Wang- Business Ethics

*Michael Pearson- Business Math

#Richard Gunasena- Client Service

Roberto Bollio- Computer Problem Solving

*Jonathon Yi- Database Design and Application

Robin Zhao, Burak Aslan- Digital Video Production

Lekha Devara, Jiahui Hu, Nivedita Khandkar- E-Business

Hellary Zhang- Econ

#Janice Im- FBLA Principles and Procedures

*Jamshed Kaikaus, Naethan Mundkur, Phillip Chuong- Global Business

Danyal Bhutto- Impromptu Speaking

*Shravan Ravinshankar- Intro to Business

#Emily Hu- Intro to Business

#Yidi Huang-Intro to Technology Concepts

#Jesse Zhang, Joy Kim, Sam Fu- Management Info Systems

*Thomas Neuteufel, Eric Duan, Michael Adams- Marketing

*Zach Higdon- Networking Concepts

*Jackson Payton- Sports Management

*Zach Brewer- Technology Concepts

Vivek Raj, Jingjing Xiao, Natasha Mundker, Aemin Kim, Helen Lu- Parliamentary Procedure

#Yidi Huang-Intro to Technology Concepts

#Jesse Zhang, Joy Kim, Sam Fu- Management Info Systems

*Thomas Neuteufel, Eric Duan, Michael Adams- Marketing

*Zach Higdon- Networking Concepts

*Jackson Payton- Sports Management

*Zach Brewer- Technology Concepts

Vivek Raj, Jingjing Xiao, Natasha Mundker, Aemin Kim, Helen Lu- Parliamentary Procedure