Some students really know how to make a splash.
Take, for instance, the Palmerton Area High School students who recently participated in the Future Business Leaders of America competition.
Kerry Palumbo, instructor, told members of the school board recently that 32 students sat for the regional exams, all of whom placed in the Top 10 in their respective categories.
"It is with great pleasure that I report to you the success of the Palmerton High School FBLA at the regional competition Dec. 20," Palumbo said. "We had an unprecedented six first placements, and 14 will progress on to the state competition in Hershey in April."
Palumbo then named the students, whom she said "deserve recognition for their outstanding academic achievement."
Karl Pielmeier took first place in Personal Interview; Charles Debski, second, Word Processing I; Aleksander Everett, third, Spreadsheet Application; Jessica Pereira, fourth, Spreadsheet Application; Vanessa Evans, first, Health Care Administration; Charles Sterling, third, Economics; Lydia Anthony and Amy Hudock (team), third, Desktop Publishing; Alex Miller, first, Database Design and Applications; Ryan Lipfert, first, Cyber Security; Morgan Mummey, first, Computer Applications; Erika Hudock, second, Computer Applications; Laurel Seemiller, first, Business Communications; Danielle Eastgate, third, Business Calculations; and Kyle Meyers, first, Accounting II.
Palumbo thanked administration, teachers, parents, and FBLA adviser Michelle Muffley for their support.
Pielmeier, who thanked the board for its support, said the accomplishment was no small feat.
"For a school as small as ours, to have so many qualifiers," Pielmeier said. "It was a tremendous honor and invaluable experience."
Board President Barry Scherer offered his congratulations to the students on a job well done.
"I think we need to thank you and the rest of the students for participating," Scherer said.