Palm Harbor means business

PHU FBLA levels up their success at District 12 competition.

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Palm Harbor means business

PHU FBLA winners sport their medals at Pinellas Park High School following the awards ceremony.

PHU FBLA winners sport their medals at Pinellas Park High School following the awards ceremony.

Courtesy of Kayla Nguyen

PHU FBLA winners sport their medals at Pinellas Park High School following the awards ceremony.

Courtesy of Kayla Nguyen

Courtesy of Kayla Nguyen

PHU FBLA winners sport their medals at Pinellas Park High School following the awards ceremony.

Emma Behrmann, Editor in Chief

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A new venue, a separate awards show, and the same members with a new level of success. Future Business Leaders of America members participated in district wide competition on Jan 10 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg College of Business. 

Competitive events include objective tests, prejudged materials, prepared presentation, role play, interview, speech and demonstration. Objective tests were held on Dec 13 at school; for some events these tests qualify competitors for their role play event. 

Those who place first through seventh in objective tests progress to the State Leadership Conference (SLC). Along with these competitors are those who placed first through third in events that include a presentation component; except for events such as Future Business Leader and Introduction to Business Presentation, where only the top two teams move on to SLC. 

Following competition on Jan 10 was the Awards of Excellence ceremony on Jan 13, held at Pinellas Park High School from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. At awards, the district board set up, called the ceremony to order, and ushered the competitors on and off of the stage. Winners of each competitive event were announced and awarded with either a medal or certificate. PHU had a record year with 69 students placing, 30 first places, and 62 students qualifying to compete at SLC in March. The following students placed in their competitions at the district level:

First Name Last Name Event Place
Pallavi Kantipudi Agribusiness 4
Miles Gordon Business Calculations 3
Julia Bakalarczyk Business Communication 5
Vipen Suren Business Communication 1
Julia Rutkowski Business Ethics Team 1 1
Vanessa Sedore Business Ethics Team 1 1
Austin Malpass Business Financial Plan Team 1 1
Krishna Reddy Business Financial Plan Team 1 1
Rangam Trivedi Business Financial Plan Team 1 1
Zurii Tucker Business Law 2
Sophia Brown Client Service 1
Devyn Dever Computer Applications 7
Raymond Zhang Computer Problem Solving 7
Janet Liu Economics 1
Melinda Liu Economics 3
Cailey Carpenter Emerging Business Issues 2
Lauren Hickey Entrepreneurship Team 1 1
Alexandra Unbehagen Entrepreneurship Team 1 1
Divya Arora Future Business Leader 1
Matthew Werneken Future Business Leader 2
Jessica Chan Graphic Design Team 2 2
Marcin Plaza Graphic Design Team 2 2
Marta Szymanska Graphic Design Team 2 2
Ryin Bennett Health Care Administration 2
Rachel Brown Health Care Administration 7
Asif Islam Health Care Administration 4
Noelle Mathias Hospitality Management Team 1 1
Josh Phillips Hospitality Management Team 1 1
Maya Srinivasan Impromptu Speaking 1
Kenna Bonde Insurance & Risk Management 5
Lauren Elsey Introduction to Business 7
Ashley Fenhoff Introduction to Business 5
Diana Derylo Introduction to Business Communication 2
Angela Li Introduction to Business Communication 1
Krish Asknani Introduction to Business Presentation Team 1 3
Alex Kranias Introduction to Business Presentation Team 1 3
Ayush Pai Introduction to Business Presentation Team 1 3
Alyssa Abraham Introduction to FBLA 1
Mia Straley Introduction to Information Technology 4
Lucas John Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure 2
Kayla Nguyen Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure 1
Aanya Bhandari Introduction to Public Speaking 3
Vaarun Ramanathan Job Interview 1
Carolina Pacheco Journalism 3
Kayleigh Beron Management Information Systems Team 1 1
Kiran Ganga Management Information Systems Team 1 1
Mateuzs Plaza Management Information Systems Team 1 1
Faizan Hirani Marketing Team 1 2
Michael Miarecki Marketing Team 1 2
Javin Kubarek Marketing Team 3 3
Solomon Park Marketing Team 3 3
Justin Sethi Marketing Team 3 3
Ethan Ghozali Organizational Leadership 2
Anisha Abraham Parliamentary Procedure Team 1 1
Justina John Parliamentary Procedure Team 1 1
Jennifer Lawrence Parliamentary Procedure Team 1 1
Katie Quach Parliamentary Procedure Team 1 1
Rachel Warren Parliamentary Procedure Team 1 1
Mackenzie Mekler Personal Finance 2
Victoria Lisi Political Science 3
Zeba Rias Public Speaking 4
Emma Behrmann Publication Design Team 1 1
Erin Behrmann Publication Design Team 1 1
Mackenzie Mills Publication Design Team 1 1
Yannis Perk Sports & Entertainment Management Team 1 4
Lucas Smith Sports & Entertainment Management Team 1 4
Derek Wu Sports & Entertainment Management Team 1 4
Hailey Foster Word Processing 1
Aden Paull Word Processing 2


In addition, the district board for the 2020-2021 school year was announced. At the competition on Jan 10, voting delegates from each school listened to speeches for several positions and cast their vote for their member of choice along with approval to run for State Office. Here are PHU members who are now district officers:

District Reporter: Alexander Kranias (‘22)

District Secretary: Lillian Ghozali (‘22)

District Vice President: Vaarun Ramanathan (‘21)

District President: Rachel Warren (‘21)

Ramanathan was also approved to run for State Office

Check back after March 15 to see who placed at the SLC!