WCSD Students Compete at FBLA State Competition



Wappingers Central School District brought 19 students to the New York State competition for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) on April 5 - 7 in Rochester, NY. Students competed against schools from across the state in a wide variety of business-themed events. Some events were tested on paper, some required materials to be submitted in advance, and some were role-played before judges. The excitement was high as hundreds of students in business attire checked into testing locations and eagerly awaited the leader board postings to see if they would advance to the higher rounds of competition.

This year’s conference theme was “Suit up, Step Up!” Clearly, the Wappingers students took this to heart, winning a total of 12 awards. The team of Shaily Jani, Thomas Russo, and Neha Sandesh (all 10th graders) won 1st place in Banking and Finance.  Their award also earned each of them their first college scholarship from Johnson and Wales University. Amy Zhou won 1st place in FBLA Principles and Procedures.  Tanvi Athavale took 2nd place in Basic Decision Making. Shaily Jani earned 3rd place in Business Communications. The team of Amy Zhou and Tanvi Athavale placed 3rd in Emerging Business Issues.

The Roy C. Ketcham team of Jannie Gogi, Camille Secor, Faith Siriboe, and Joseph Torres placed 3rd in Parliamentary Procedure edging out the John Jay team of Marijane Cadden, Marelyne Calle, Amelia Chen, Thomas Russo, and Allison Yu who placed 4th in the same event.  Joseph D’Annibale placed 4th in Accounting II. The team of Shreyas Babu and Allison Yu placed 5th in Management Decision Making.  Neha Sandesh placed 5th in Advertising.  Richmond Addae received recognition as the member with the most Community Service hours in New York State. Congratulations to all FBLA members who suited up and stepped up!