St. Louis Catholic FBLA members competed in the first ever virtual Louisiana FBLA State Conference from April 29 to May 6, and the Saints had nine state champions who placed first in their events.

Throughout the virtual conference, students submitted projects and presentations for judging, interviews were conducted via Zoom technology and students took their written objective test using an online testing system. Students were given one hour to complete the 100-question test. The conference concluded with a voting session for the 2020-2021 state officer elections.

On Tuesday, May 12, a pre-recorded award session was held and distributed for students to watch online.

St. Louis Catholic FBLA also took home four state chapter awards.  State champions will receive a $50 cash award and a state plaque.  All top ten winners will receive state certificates.

“This was a great learning experience for all,” said Ashley Lavine, SLCHS FBLA Adviser.  “Our students were resilient with balancing FBLA interviews, projects, and written tests (some competing in multiple events) while continuing their studies with remote learning and preparing for AP exams.  I am so proud of our students.”

There are 20 St. Louis Catholic members who qualified in 19 events for the National Leadership Experience, which also will be held virtually in June, Lavine said.

“I truly believe FBLA is an added layer of a student’s academic growth,” Lavine said.  “It is an organization that facilitates the transition from school to work. FBLA guides our students with creating a portfolio of credentials during all four years of high school – strengthening the confidence in themselves and their work, networking opportunities (and) gaining a competitive edge.”


Event / Name / Ranking (first place winners in bold)
Advertising / Christian Wise / Third
Business Communication / Caroline Obluda / First
Business Communication / Vean Rademeyer / Tenth
Business Ethics / Madison Bebee, James Brandon, and Saizar Berlanga / Tenth
Computer Applications / Peter Obluda / First
Computer Game & Simulation Programming / Andrew Landry / First
Current Events & General Information / Jake Hanks, Lucas Manuel, and Vean Rademeyer / Fifth
Cyber Security / Joshua France / Fourth
Cyber Security / Jace Peloquin / Second
E-Business / Jonah Reggie / First
Electronic Career Portfolio / Juliana Broussard / Second
Emerging Business Issues / Karli Peshoff, Chaise Sutherland, and Megan Ughovwa / Second
Global Business / Claire Brescher and Caroline Obluda / Fourth
Global Business / Jace Peloquin / Second
Graphic Design / Jade Briley, Joseph Belcher, and Christian Wise / First
Health Care Administration / Claire Brescher / Ninth
Hospitality Management / Juliana Broussard and Celia Villaume / First
Insurance and Risk Management / Carson Mixon / Eighth
Introduction to Business / Jalen Guidry / Seventh
Introduction to Business Communication / Kaia Austin / Second
Introduction to Business Presentation / Kristen Goodly / Third
Introduction to FBLA / Chaise Sutherland / Eighth
Introduction to Information Technology / Jake Smith / Eighth
Introduction to Information Technology / Peter Obluda / First
Introduction to Information Technology / Callen Hale / Sixth
Journalism / Karina Cotten / Eighth
Marketing / Emma Faul, Landon Cooley, and J-Allen Manuel / Fifth
Ms. Future Business Leader / Emma Faul / Fourth
Organizational Leadership / Molly Inman / First
Personal Finance / J-Allen Manuel / First
Personal Finance / Aidan O’Neal / Seventh
Political Science / Carson Mixon / Ninth
Richard D. Clanton Memorial Award / Juliana Broussard / Fourth
Sports & Entertainment Management / Xander Kihlken, Stephen Kershaw, and Jules Hardy / Fifth
Who’s Who in Louisiana FBLA / Juliana Broussard / Fourth

St. Louis Catholic FBLA Chapter Awards:

Largest Local Chapter Membership: Fourth Place
Louisiana FBLA Foundation Award: Ninth Place
Gold Seal Chapter of Merit: Seventh Place
Local Chapter Annual Business Report: Seventh Place