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Oxford Area High School FBLA sends 32 members to state competition

01/21/2015 11:15AM ● By Richard Gaw

Thirty-two members of the Oxford Area High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America will attend the Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference and Competition to be held from April 12 to 15 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center. The students qualified for the conference after participating in several business-related categories at the FBLA Region 9 conference on December 4 and 5, when over 600 chapter members from 14 area high schools competed in online events as well as live presentations at Great Valley High School.

Oxford students advancing to the state level are senior Kristen Henry, first place, Public Speaking 2; the team of seniors Amanda Cox and Sarah Hershey and juniors Joe Barr, Alex Chavez and Amanda Hicks, first place, Parliamentary Procedure; junior Kate Reph, first place, Word Processing; junior Emma Bruce, first place, Job Interview; sophomore Zibby Harvey, first place, Future Business Leader; and sophomore Grace Hennessey, first place, Help Desk.

Also advancing to the state level are senior Becca Portgual, second place, Spreadsheet Applications; the team of juniors Rachel Rogevich and Heather Burnett and sophomore Carrie McMahon, second place, Business Ethics; freshman Alexa Verderame, second place, FBLA Principles & Procedures; junior Nick Cappelli, third place, Computer Applications; junior Alexandria Tzanakis, third place, Health Care Administration; sophomore Madeline Hamilton, third place, Spreadsheet Applications; the team of seniors Bailee Hilaman and Maddy Lehr, fourth place, Desktop Publishing; sophomore Natalie Giovan, fourth place, Intro to Parliamentary Procedure; the team of senior Bradley Way and junior Connor Hilaman, fifth place, Desktop Publishing; sophomore Kayla Flynn, fifth place, Investments & Securities; freshman Samantha Standish, fifth place, FBLA Principles & Procedures; senior Dan Irving, sixth place, Business Procedures; sophomore Nikki Jones, sixth place, FBLA Principles & Procedures; and freshman Grace Tipton, sixth place, Intro to Business Communication.

Junior Emma Wilkinson was elected as Region 9 president and will attend the State Leadership Conference in that capacity. Zibby Harvey was elected Region 9 secretary.

Senior Thomas Sumner will attend the State Leadership Conference as the outgoing Region 9 president and senior Abby Harvey will attend as outgoing Region 9 secretary. Sophomore Ellie Murphy will attend the conference as a candidate for Pennsylvania FBLA Vice-President at Large.

Oxford was named the winner of the William Selden Outstanding Chapter Award.

Any individual, business or organization interested in making a donation to the FBLA chapter to offset the cost of attending the state competition may contact adviser Kim Webber at