Tyrone Student Places Fifth at FBLA State Conference

Junior Emma Reese will represent Tyrone at the National Conference in Chicago

Four Tyrone FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) competed at the 2022 Pennsylvania State FBLA leadership conference in Hershey on April 10-12.

Junior Emma Reese won fifth place in the Word Processing category, becoming the first student from the Tyrone FBLA chapter to ever place at the state conference.

“I joined FBLA because business is kind of a backup plan for me. It’s something I could see myself finding a career in. I wasn’t really expecting to win anything so it was super surprising. I was honestly shocked when the winners were announced,” said Reese.

I joined FBLA because business is kind of a backup plan for me. It’s something I could see myself finding a career in. I wasn’t really expecting to win anything so it was super surprising. I was honestly shocked when the winners were announced”

— Emma Reese

Reese will represent Tyrone at the national conference in Chicago in June.

Other students who competed at the event were senior Lexus Weaver, senior Rilee Barndt, and junior Lizzy Fryer.

Weaver competed in health care administration, Barndt competed in business management, and Fryer competed in journalism.

In order to qualify for the state leadership conference, these students placed in the top three of their events at the FBLA regional competition.

Tyrone FBLA advisor and business teacher Amanda Burega is proud of her student’s hard work

“Emma was one of my most hesitant students to join FBLA. With lots of encouragement, she chose her category and we worked hard to prepare her for the tests. I was privileged to see Emma come in the top five against all the other schools at states and to be given the opportunity to compete at nationals,” said Burega.

It was a super cool experience and I am glad I got to experience it with the people I did, this is definitely something I wish I would have joined earlier on in high school”

— Lexus Weaver

Along with the competitive events that took place at the conference, students were also able to attend several workshops and seminars. Representatives from colleges throughout Pennsylvania were also in attendance allowing students the opportunity to explore different options for post-secondary education, whether related to the business field or not.

the students even got to spend some time at Hershey Park.

“It was a super cool experience and I am glad I got to experience it with the people I did, this is definitely something I wish I would have joined earlier on in high school,” said Lexus Weaver.

Students interested in joining FBLA should see Ms. Burega for more information. Burega hopes in the upcoming years Tyrone’s FBLA membership will expand and be able to participate in more FBLA projects and events.