GHS students shine on FBLA stage


STRONG FINISHES AT the state level earned five Grafton High School students trips to the national Future Business Leaders of America competition. (Left) The team of (from left) Alex Pavlic, Josiah Tamsen and Sai Chityala took first place in digital video design. (Below) Jarrett DeSautel placed second in spreadsheet applications. Katie Lamb (not shown) placed second at state in business ethics but was unable to attend the national event.
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Five Grafton High School seniors recently earned trips to this year’s national Future Business Leaders of America competition in Baltimore.

“It gives them so many opportunities to develop who they are with leadership and teamwork skills,” FBLA adviser Sandy Giuliani said.

“They also make a lot of professional connections. Five years from now, they could be interviewing for a job and their interviewer could be one of the judges.”

After placing in the top four at state competition in La Crosse in April, the first-place team of Alex Pavlic, Sai Chityala and Josiah Tamsen earned the chance to compete in nationals for digital video design; Jarrett DeSautel qualified in spreadsheet applications with a second-place finish; and Katie Lamb qualified by taking second in business ethics.

The video trio and DeSautel traveled to Baltimore for the event, but Lamb was unable to attend.

The national contest took place June 28 to July 1 during a joint conference attended by more than 13,000 high school and college students from throughout the country, as well as from Puerto Rico and China.

The Grafton video team was required to produce a three-minute video to promote the creation of a FBLA chapter to their school board and present their process for editing the video.

Despite their state success, the trio didn’t make the final cut of 20 in Baltimore.

“In the fall, they told me, ‘We’re going to nationals,’ and they were true to their word. They knew what it took to get there,” Giuliani said.

“I was so sure that they were going to do better, but it’s pretty tough when you reach that stage.”

For spreadsheet applications, DeSautel was assigned 10 production jobs to complete in two hours and also a 100-question written test. Giuliani said he had a strong showing but also did not make the final round.

When the students weren’t busy performing and attending meetings at the conference, they had a chance to explore their surroundings and took a trip to Washington D.C. where they visited many national sites.

Giuliani said she is proud of her students and wishes them all the best in their college pursuits. All four boys will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lamb is headed for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“This particular senior group was very strong, so I’ll be working hard this fall to recruit more talented members,” she said.

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