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Students place at annual FBLA District Conference

Winning students will advance to the state level competition in Lafayette.
On Feb. 8, students from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) participated in the District III Leadership Conference, hosted by Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). The event was held at Northwestern State University and included competitions centered on business and communication practices, with students engaging in written tests, team events and oral presentations.
Several LSMSA students took first place in their respective areas and qualified for the State Leadership Conference in Lafayette held this March. The students are:
Olufunke Adeleye (’20) in Business Communication
Noah Edmonds (’21) in Computer Problem Solving
Leila Escoto (’20) and Eric Stein (’19) in Banking and Financial Systems
Pasha Farley (’20) in Organizational Leadership
Victoria Howard (’20) in Advertising
Vani Pandian (’21) in Intro to Information Technology
Eric Stein (’19) in Personal Finance

The following students received a Superior rating in their respective areas and also qualified for state competition:

Nicholas Adams (’20) in both Cyber Security and Healthcare Administration
Olufunke Adeleye (’20) in Business Calculations
Chirstan Bates (’20) in Management Decision Making
Noah Edmonds (’21) in Agribusiness
Leila Escoto (’20) in Public Speaking
Ryann Hamilton (’20) in Personal Finance  
Victoria Howard (’20) in Management Decision Making
Sarah Johnson (’21) in Financial Math
Kathryn Lee (’20) in Business Calculations
John "Cooper" Miller (’19) in Business Calculations
Vani Pandian (’21) in Healthcare Administration 
Dalaijsa Payton (’19) in both Computer Problem Solving and Help Desk
Cynthia Russell (’19) in Client Service

“Everyone who is in FBLA really cares about the club,” said Johnson. “This is my third year in it, including some years at my old school. I feel like everyone at LSMSA has an advantage over other schools because we take higher level courses, and that prepares us better for the tests.”

“Honestly, LSMSA prepares them so well for this competition because of the overall education and curriculum,” said Human Resources Officer and FBLA Club Sponsor Sheila Kidd. “Many of the students are already comfortable with public speaking and have the maturity to handle these kinds of events.

“I am proud and excited for these students and am looking forward to the state competition.”

FBLA works to prepare high school students for business careers through academic competitions, educational programming and leadership development.

FBLA is one of more than 50 student clubs and organizations offered at LSMSA. The school is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. The application for enrollment is free and online at

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