Bevevino headed to national FBLA competition

Warren County Career Center is sending one student to the national Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competition.

According to Suzanne Hornick, who teaches business at the career center, FBLA has been associated with the WCCC for three years. Each of those three years, Hornick said, the career center has sent students to the national competition. In 2014-2015, Sheldon McMeans competed nationally in Chicaco, Il., in the Securities and Investments category, scoring second in the nation. McMeans again competed in 2015-2016 in Personal finance and scored second in the nation again. Ron Bonavita also qualified for nationals that year.

This year, Hornick said, John Bevevino will be competing at the national level in Computer Problem Solving.

To qualify for nationals, students must compete regionally, and the top four performing students are moved on to the state competition. The top four performing students in the statewide competition are moved on to nationals. This year, Hornick said, WCCC had 14 students in the regional competition and 12 scored high enough to qualify for states. Among them were Bevevino, who scored second at states, and Caitlin Reitz, who competed in Graphic Design and placed ninth at the state level.

“Most students at state competition take a 100 point timed test,” said Hornick. Reitz, however, had a performance instead of a test. “She had to actually present her design to a panel of judges. A first for WCCC and to score in the top ten in the entire state is huge!”

The career center sent 14 students to the regional competition, and 12 scored high enough to qualify for states, Hornick said. The state competition, held April 3 – 5 in Hershey, saw approximately 5,000 students from all over the state competing in their fields.

This is Bevevino’s senior year at the career center, but his first year competing in FBLA, he said. Bevevino said he’s looking forward to the national competition, which is being held in Anaheim, Ca., at the end of June this year. “I’m excited,” said Bevevino, who added that he plans to take some college prep classes at the Hiram G. Andrews center in Johnstown, Pa., this summer before hopefully pursuing college level training there in the computer problem solving field. His hope, he said, is to eventually work in the field.