Pleasant Valley High School students competed at the Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Conference at Hershey Lodge in April and walked home with several wins. Two students won first place awards which qualifies them to go on to the National level to be held in June in San Antonio, Texas. They are, Hailey Parks and Joshua Weidenbaum.

"This is amazing. I don't think PV has had this ever happen with two first place finishers. They are both Sophomores also," says Melissa Ruschak, PV business teacher and FBLA adviser. "It has been a long time since we took first in any event, and to be honest, I think a first for both of these categories. I am so proud of these Sophomores."

Hailey Parks placed 1st in FBLA Principles and Procedures.

Hailey says that the category means "You pretty much have to know everything about FBLA, its background and history. When I learned that I had won first place, I hugged my best friend, cried and then called my mom who started screaming along with me. I am very excited to be going to Nationals. It shows that a lot of hard work and studying pays off."

Ms. Ruschak adds that Hailey began studying for nationals that same night.

Hailey is the daughter of Nancy Parks and Jeffrey Parks of Effort.

Joshua Weidenbaum placed 1st in Introduction to Technology Concepts.

"It's a conglomeration of computer stuff ... technology and applications," he says.

He was absolutely shocked when he learned he had won first place and says he is "really excited and ecstatic about going to Nationals."

Joshua is the son of Mary Jo and Bradley Weidenbaum of Brodheadsville.

PV had other top-ten accomplishments as well.

In Chapter Events:

*7th place in State Project – American Heart Association. (Money collected for the state project charity.)

*2nd place for total donations to the State Project, $3727.56. Denim Days helped make this happen also. ("We only missed first in the state by like $100. Stroudsburg FBLA topped us for first," says Ms. Ruschak.)

*10th Place for Largest Chapter Membership

*10th Place – Community Service Project

In Individual Events:

*7th place in Healthcare Administration-Brandon Burger.

*9th place in Business Communications-Patrick Jurczyk.

"I'm very proud of all our participants. They did an outstanding job!" says Ms. Ruschak.