FBLA Head Event Speaker Started Chapter At His School
LEHMAN TWP. — Dallas High School sophomore Drew Lojewski started a Future Business Leaders of America chapter at his school because there wasn’t one and it now has about 12 members.
Lojewski, 15, who finished second in a national FBLA competition for digital video production, said his goal is to have at least 15 members.
His passion for FBLA started when he was in seventh grade. He said he wanted to start an FBLA chapter at his school because he wants to be like his father Chad Lojewski, a financial adviser.
“I always wanted to improve on my leadership and my communication skills,” he said.
Lojewski was the keynote speaker at the seventh annual FBLA interactive workshop Wednesday at Penn State Wilkes-Barre that was attended by more than 175 high school students from throughout Northeast Pennsylvania.
He told the students that he likes the networking opportunities that the FBLA offers and it helps with college and beyond.
“FBLA isn’t just a competition. You want to learn from it and apply it to your future experiences later on in life,” he said.
Andrew Gallia, 16, a junior at Pittston Area High School who has been in the FBLA for two years, said he thought the workshop was a good opportunity to meet new people and he liked the session that allowed students to create video games in 2D.
Frouke de Quillettes, associate teaching professor at Penn State Wilkes-Barre who led the 2D game design session, said there’s a range of levels and not everyone does the same but the students “really had fun.”
“If they stay involved in gaming, they see that this is a team effort and see there are communication skills involved, listening and competition,” she said. “Hopefully, they go into a field that is IT-related because we don’t have enough people to fill these positions but I just wanted them to get hooked into something that is technology-based.”
Terry Clemente, assistant teaching professor of business, invited students to take the Coke and Pepsi taste test challenge. She recalled how the introduction of “new Coke” in 1985 was considered a major failure that led the company to reintroduce its original formula which was rebranded as “Coca-Cola Classic.”
“In business, we have to be able to make good decisions and identify information that is meaningful and useful and sometimes it gets clouded,” Clemete said. “That’s a perfect example of problems businesses have making decisions.”
Students participating in the workshop on Wednesday came from a number of area schools including Berwick, Coughlin, Dallas, GAR, Greater Nanticoke Area, Hanover Area, Old Forge, Pittston, Northwest Area, Meyers and Riverside high schools and Wilkes-Barre Career and Technical Center and West Side Career and Technology Center.
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