­­MMI students advance to Future Business Leaders of America state competition


(Freeland, PA – February 11, 2016) – Thirty-one MMI Preparatory School students advanced to compete at the Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference April 11-13 in Hershey after qualifying during the FBLA Region 16 Leadership Conference held recently in Wilkes-Barre.

Seven students received first place awards in their respective categories at the regional conference. Allison McGeehan finished first in Business Law, Elizabeth Borchick was tops in Graphic Design, Alyssa Sweda led the field in Introduction to Business, Chava Kornblatt brought home top honors in Introduction to Business Communication and Joey Kress, Joshua Narrow and Nicholas Young all came in first in Marketing.

Anirban Chowdhury (Business Calculations) and William Bower (Future Business Leaders) both were second. Jakob Schwabe (Computer Solving Problems), Kaitlyn Bellizia and Christine Park (both in Graphic Design), Wesley Guarneri (Introduction to Business) and Alexander Kline (Introduction to Information Technology) finished third.

Earning fourth place were Marc Lobitz (Business Law), Lauren Herman (Introduction to Business), Stephanie Zellner (Introduction to Business Communication), James Lambert (Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures) and Evan Dryfoos (Insurance and Risk Management). Fifth place finishers were Doug Genetti (Agribusiness), Morgan Long (Introduction to Information Technology), Joseph Taylor (Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures), Zachary Young (Introduction to Financial Math) and Gabriella Kupsho, Julia Snyder and Madison Perchak (all in Global Business). Kisan Patel (Health Care Administration) and Tyler Degenhart (Introduction to Financial Math) finished in seventh place.

Jessica Pileggi and Danielle Pileggi will also attend the State Leadership Conference for the creation of their Public Service Announcement, as well as Garrett Kost, Olivia Minzola and Keenan Overa for their work in the Business Plan category.

Katherine Zucco, MMI’s FBLA chapter club adviser, said, “Nearly 50 percent of MMI’s upper school student population is involved in the FBLA club. Of the 72 students who competed, over half received special honors for their performance in various business-related events.”

The Future Business Leaders of America is a national career and technical student organization whose mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The students in MMI’s chapter are a part of the Pennsylvania membership of more than 13,000 students in 290 schools.


About MMI Preparatory School

For more than 130 years, MMI Preparatory School has been providing dedicated area students with a comprehensive and inspiring 6th through 12th grade college preparatory program that maximizes each individual’s academic, social and character potential in preparation for success in college and beyond. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS).  MMI is a school where every student can reach their full potential: academically, ethically and socially.  For more information about MMI Preparatory School, visit www.mmiprep.org or call 570-636-1108.

  These students are, first row, from left: Allison McGeehan, Joey Kress, Lauren Herman, Alyssa Sweda, Elizabeth Borchick, Christine Park and Kaitlyn Bellizia. Second row: MMI adviser Katherine Zucco, Anirban Chowdhury, Zachary Young, Jessica Pileggi, Danielle Pileggi, Olivia Minzola, Chava Kornblatt, Stephanie Zellner, James Lambert and Evan Dryfoos. Third row: Jonathan Taylor, Tyler Degenhart, Garrett Kost, Kevin Cibak, Keenan Overa, Kisan Patel and Nicholas Young. Fourth row: Jakob Schwabe, Alexander Kline, Morgan Long, Doug Genetti, Wesley Guarneri and Marc Lobitz. William Bower and Joshua Narrow also qualified for the state competition.