The Wauconda High School Future Business Leaders of America Chapter was outstanding in the 65th Annual FBLA State Competition March 28 and 29 in Springfield.
There were 63 schools and more than 1,300 students in attendance. Wauconda High School had 90 students compete and 71 came home with top 10 awards. In total, 32 students qualified for national competition in Nashville, Tenn.
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Wauconda High School FBLA had the following results for the teams and individual events:
• Ten first-place individual and team awards: Davis Heck, Sam Gebelhoff, Paul Kahlon, Tyler Meyer, Andreea Ciocirlan, Courtney Peat, Micheal Miller, Abby Dorolek, Brandon Graves, Geena Woolridge, Jonathon Garcia, Kenya Walker, Kayla Wedl, Haley Meyer, Taylor McCarthy, Matt Bulgarelli, Nick Kaimakis and Sierra Dimmitt.
• Five second-place individual and team awards: Ross Theel, Joey Lovelle, Colin Christoph, Brad Fingard, Chris Nachman, Vrunda Hingu, Andrea Thiltgen, Megan Mraz, Mike Prate, Tyler Casebolt and Luke Weller.
• Five third-place individual and team awards: Hans Bermann, Ben Peterson, Sarah Ulrich, Josh Baez, Cristina Vitucci, Megan Casebolt, Natalie Harding, Eric Rasmussen, Lauren Carney, Madi Henessy, Melissa Miller, Paul Redmann and Mallory Stolt.
• Five fourth-place individual and team awards: Ben Carlson, Ben Lanzerotti, Conor McElwee, Elliot Hill, Cheyenne Kimbell, Katie Diol, Dominic Mues, Drake Tylka, Adam Holtz, Mia Ashley, Alyssa Wagner.
• Two fifth-place individual and team awards: Kacper Kulesza, Graham Miller, Nate Magiera, Maddie Coe.
• One sixth-place award: Jessica Diol.
• Three seventh-place individual and team awards: Justin Klein, Jessie Wood, Charlie Rueb and Alex Schwickrath.
• One eighth-place team award: Isabella Valdes, Elizabeth Bernhardt, Gerri Richardson.
• Four ninth-place awards: George Lauber, Amy Richardson, Julia Dietrich and Ryan Krewer.
• One 10th-place award: Laura Ann Kaimakis.
Wauconda received the following Chapter awards:
• First place: Outstanding Chapter Award.
• First place: Most Professional Business Members in the state.
• Second Largest FBLA Chapter in the state (out of 68 total chapters).
• Gold Seal Chapter Award.
• Installation of Northern Area President Chris Nachman.
• Lifetime professional member Louie Sharp received "Business Person of the Year" award. He was selected from more than 30 applicants.
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