Ben Silverstein, a rising junior at Mamaroneck High School, won a third place at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California in June. Ben competed in the Local Chapter Annual Business Report category for which he submitted a 30-page report summarizing the MHS FBLA activities and achievements this past year.
“When the top ten finalists for my category were announced to come up on stage, including me, it totally surprised me,” said Ben. “Then in front of 7,500 FBLA National competitors yelling and screaming, the announcer counted down in reverse order the final winners. When my name was announced for third place, it was a great feeling of accomplishment after a year of hard work and with my Dad watching from the front row.”
In order to compete at the national level, the Mamaroneck students first had to compete at the local district (Rockland/Westchester) level and win either a first or second, place. They then had to earn a first or second in a state level competition.
“We have been very successful in the NY State Competitions for a number of years,” explained Eileen Multari, the MHS FLBA advisor, who was at the national conference to share in Ben’s achievement. In addition, Mamaroneck won first place in the New York State Chapter of the Year competition for the last two years,
“Several of our members have placed in FBLA National competitions over the past few years,” added Ms. Multari. “We are proud of all our competitors – competing at the national level gives students the opportunity to compete with the most gifted and talented students in the nation. What an incredible experience for all students involved. “
The other MHS students who competed at the national conference in various speaking, digital video, and computer events are Matt Kanterman, Rory O’Connor, Sam Saideman, and Josh Saideman.
FBLA has over 250,000 members worldwide and the National Leadership Conference is hosted each year in a different city in the United States.
Joe Punnapuzha is MHS FBLA Chapter Reporter