Six PWHS students headed to FBLA state competition

Two three-person teams from the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club brought home first place honors at this year's regional competition. 

Seniors Noah Stern, Jack Mishkin and David Harris won the Health Care Administration event. Senior Zach Barrie and juniors Brandon Butler and Ethan Verlin won the Hospitality and Event Management event. 

"FBLA is rewarding because it has various events to choose from, including public speaking, finance, technology and, of course, business," said Ethan Verlin. "In the future, I hope to do something where I can apply my business abilities, and FBLA allows me to prepare for that outside of the classroom."

The competition required the teams to work together over Zoom to complete a 100-question test. By scoring the highest in their categories in Montgomery County, the two teams qualified for the state competition.

"We have super talented and hardworking students at PWHS, and competitions like FBLA let the students know it," said PWHS Business Teacher and FBLA Sponsor Paul Coleman. 

Traditionally, the state competition brings together 5,000 students from across Pennsylvania for three days to network and compete. This year, the virtual state competition will begin with another 100-question test. The top ten in each event will progress to an interview stage before a panel of judges. The top three finishers will then qualify for the national competition.