Twenty-three members of Belleville High School's chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended and participated in the 2016 State Leadership Conference (SLC) at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City on February 18 and February 19, 2016.
The members were accompanied by their FBLA Advisers, Mr. Corey Woodring and Mr. Gerard Fabiano. The theme for the 2016 SLC was "Generating Greatness."
Students attended workshops, listened to keynote speakers, and networked with leadership presenters and other FBLA members from all over the state of New Jersey. Some of the most captivating workshops that the students attended included “A Day in the Life of a Rutgers Student,” “Networking- A Web CONNECTion,” and “Dress for Success.”
After a long day of competitions on Thursday, the next morning the Belleville FBLA members received prestigious awards. Belleville High School students Vincent Abanilla, Paolo Hinahon, and Joshua Pascual received second place honors in Sports and Entertainment Management, as well as Karen Wong, who received the Gold Officer Award and a fourth place Scholarship Award. With their strong finish, Vincent Abanilla, Paolo Hinahon, and Joshua Pascual, will now advance to the 2016 National Leadership Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia in June, 2016.
At the State Leadership Conference, Belleville High School educator Mr. Corey Woodring received the “Outstanding Local Chapter Adviser Award.” The conference judges honored “Belleville's Business Person of the Year” to former Belleville Board of Education Vice President and Trustee Mrs. Jeanne Lombardi. The judges also awarded “Belleville's Volunteer of the Year” to Belleville educator Mrs. Meryl Metsopulos.
Belleville High School FBLA member Student Danny Guerra said, “We would like to thank everyone who helped make this trip possible. We extend special appreciation to BHS Principal Mr. Russell Pagano, Mr. Brian Haggerty, Mr. Ryan Sheridan, Mr. Corey Woodring, and Mr. Gerard Fabiano. At the conference, I learned things I would not have learned anywhere else and I would not trade this experience for anything."