Two recent MMI Preparatory School graduates placed in the top 10 of their respective categories during competition against thousands of other students at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Megan Klein, daughter of Edward and Susan Klein, Drums, won eighth place in the nation in the category of Health Care Administration, and Devon Sherwood, daughter of John and Mary Ann Sherwood, Lehighton, won eighth place in the nation in the category of Hospitality Management.

In Anaheim, 8,400 students gathered from all over the country to compete for national accolades.

Among those competitors were 380 students from Pennsylvania, including five representatives from MMI. Klein; Sherwood; Gabriella Lobitz, daughter of Mark and Stephanie Lobitz, Hazleton; Sara Lucas, daughter of Brian and Kathy Lucas, Drums; and Devan McCarrie, daughter of John and Caren McCarrie, Hazleton, received high scores at the Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference in Hershey in April and earned the right to compete at the national event.

At the national competition, MMI received a special award of recognition at the Eastern Regional Meeting at the National Leadership Conference and received first place for the Local Market Share Award.

MMI received this award for having the largest percentage of high school students in FBLA in the Eastern Region of the United States, which includes Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Doddseur (Europe), New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont and the Virgin Islands.

The group was accompanied by MMI FBLA advisers Kate Lengel and Christine Lizbinski.

"We are so proud of our students and all their hard work," Lengel said.

"Not only do they stand out among the best of the best in FBLA, they presented themselves professionally throughout the entire conference and they did an excellent job representing MMI."