York Future Business Leaders of America Collegiate group heading to nationals

The group has earned a place in the national conference for the sixth consecutive year
Five people wearing business attire, posing and smiling for the camera.

The executive board and adviser for the Penn State York chapter Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Collegiate. Left to right: Lawrence Williams, Rebecca Mauck, Megan Lorenz, Ryan Dellinger, and Polina Bolotnikova.

Credit: Courtesy of Rebecca Mauck

YORK, Pa. — Twenty-seven Penn State York students competed in the FBLA State Leadership Conference, earning 34 state placements, including nine first-place awards. The chapter was also honored with the gold seal award, and their State Chapter Presentation earned the title of “most recognized chapter in the state.” 

The gold seal award represents a chapter’s efforts and accomplishments throughout the year through compiled documentation of every event and activity, which is submitted for judging.  

The state of the chapter award is similar to the gold seal award in that it showcases the group’s accomplishments from the year, but is presented live to judges, rather than submitted as documentation. 

Rebecca Mauck, student competitor, explained, “One thing that really set our chapter apart from others is that we go to one of the smallest schools, as far as student count is concerned, yet we brought the highest number of students to the conference this year and we have one of the largest chapters in Pennsylvania. At the awards ceremony, I heard several people say, ‘Penn State York just wins everything!’” 

Fifteen students plan to compete in Orlando, Florida for the 2024 FBLA Collegiate National Leadership Conference, scheduled for June 24-27. The group’s faculty adviser, Megan Lorenz, assistant teaching professor of business, will accompany them. 

To compete at nationals, students had to place first through fourth place in a presentation event or exam at the state competition in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which took place on Saturday, April 13. 

State competition winners: 

1st Place – Business Ethics 

  • Ryan Dellinger 

1st Place – Business Presentation 

  • Katelyn Ottaviano and Nhi Nguyen 

1st Place – Emerging Business Issues 

  • Ryan Dellinger 

1st Place – Entrepreneurship Pitch 

  • Polina Bolotnikova and Rebecca Mauck 

1st Place – Finance Case Study 

  • Polina Bolotnikova 

1st Place – Foundations of Hospitality Management 

  • Chase Wentz 

1st Place – Foundations of Management 

  • Sanatanu Kute 

1st Place – Foundations of Technology 

  • Ibrahim Hobrom 

1st Place – Future Business Executive 

  • Rebecca Mauck 

1st Place – State of the Chapter 

  • Polina Bolotnikova, Rebecca Mauck, and Ryan Dellinger 

2nd Place – Business Ethics 

  • Kavya Shah and Lawrence Williams 

2nd Place – Foundations of Entrepreneurship 

  • Tanish Parekh 

2nd Place – Foundations of Finance 

  • Nakhaiya Jacobs 

2nd Place – Foundations of Selling 

  • Lucas Blodgett 

2nd Place – Foundations of Technology 

  • Neeraj Patil 

2nd Place – Impromptu Speaking 

  • Olivia Giltner 

2nd Place – Management Case Study 

  • Kately Ottaviano and Nhi Nguyen 

2nd Place – Project Management 

  • Kunal Rele 

2nd Place – Public Speaking 

  • Lawrence Williams 

3rd Place – Foundations of Accounting 

  • Colin Heaps 

3rd Place – Foundations of Entrepreneurship 

  • Nakhaiya Jacobs 

3rd Place – Foundations of Finance 

  • Tanish Parekh 

3rd Place – Foundations of Marketing 

  • Chase Wentz 

3rd Place – Marketing, Sales, Case Comp 

  • Ezequiel Adames 

3rd Place – Project Management 

  • Ibrahim Hobrom 

3rd Place – Public Speaking 

  • Liam Christopherson 

4th Place – Foundations of Accounting 

  • Gabe Snediker 

4th Place – Foundations of Economics 

  • Colin Heaps 

4th Place – Foundations of Finance 

  • Gabe Snediker 

4th Place – Foundations of Management 

  • Kunal Rele 

4th Place – Foundations of Marketing 

  • Makayla Dyson 

4th Place – Organizational Leadership and Behavior 

  • Domenic Sciortino 

4th Place – Public Speaking 

  • Domenic Sciortino 

4th Place – Sports Management and Marketing 

  • Eli Weigle  

For more information about the Future Business Leaders of America, Collegiate chapter at Penn State York, contact Megan Lorenz at [email protected].