Three Bunker Hill students crowned state champions at FBLA competition

The winning students will compete at nationals at the end of June.

Bunker Hill Middle School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students, under the direction of advisor Lori McEntee, turned in a remarkable showing at the recent state competition, which was hosted virtually.  BHMS tallied three state champion and had 17 students placed about top finishers.

“This is our third year of FBLA competition for Bunker Hill,” McEntee said. “This year, we expanded to include sixth and seventh graders, and I am overwhelmed at their success, especially considering their age and inexperience.  I am so happy to have them again for a year or two more of competition.  Competing in FBLA is not easy. It takes a lot of work on the part of the competitor to prepare and study, but we have proven once again that our Bulldogs have what it takes to be the best New Jersey has to offer.  We are looking forward to competing in nationals virtually at the end of June.”

State champions included Mariah Groff (digital citizenship), Ava Iwano (business etiquette) and Gina Klemowitz (business math and financial literacy).

The following is the list of BHMS’ top finishers with their state placement in parenthesis:

Multimedia and website design: Rehan Kazmi (third)

Elevator speech: Andrea Cardamone (second)

Community service project: Mariah Groff, Daniel Hillig, Ava Iwano (second)

Digital citizenship – sweep of category: Mariah Groff (first), Talia Morrison (second), Zach Benson (third), Arianna Christmann (fourth), Anna Tobler (fifth)

Career exploration: Daniel Hillig (second), Isabella Haigh (third), Ava Porreca (fourth)

Business etiquette: Ava Iwano (first), Sasha Ronsayro (second), Gabriella Meehan (fourth)

Computer science and programming: Tyler Fitzpatrick (second)

Business math and financial literacy: Gina Klemowitz (first)

Critical thinking: Isabella Haigh, Averie Lynch, Gabriella Meehan (third), Lily Engelien, Gina Klemowitz and Sasha Ronsayro (fifth).