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Fort Zumwalt business career students receive awards

LifeSmarts team from FZSHS
LifeSmarts team from FZSHS

DECA, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Life Smarts are all extra curricular opportunities for students in high school business classes to further explore their interest in a variety of business careers.

In January, the Board of Education recognized the South High LifeSmarts team and celebrated their state title. LifeSmarts, the ultimate consumer challenge, is an educational opportunity for students in 6th-12th grade through the National Consumers League. Students qualify by taking online quizzes in five main areas: Personal Finance, Technology, Consumer Rights, Environment and Health and Safety.

The top 12 teams in this online competition advance to state, where everyone has the chance to compete in two rounds, then the top three teams compete in two rounds for the title.

While the South High team has qualified for nationals, they will be at the state FBLA conference and competition on those dates instead. There, they will be joined by fellow Fort Zumwalt students from all four high schools. This month FBLA students competed at the district level, with Zumwalt students advancing to state in almost 50 categories.

Similarly, students in marketing classes who also participate in DECA competed at their district conference, where more than 20 Fort Zumwalt students advanced to state in March. All of these students have the chance to earn a spot at their national competitions later this spring.

DECA students headed to state:

East High
Josh Simpson – Marketing Communication Individual Series
Sean Canoy – Automotive Services Marketing Individual Series

North High
Evan Clausner – 5th place in Business Services Marketing
Zoe Enloe – 6th place in Retail Merchandise Marketing
Lexi Martin – 5th place in Full Serve Restaurant Marketing
Nolan McLaughlin – 1st place in sports and entertainment marketing
Lucas Osdieck – 3rd place in Automotive Services Marketing

South High
Andrew Castelli- Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making
Mandy Culian – Financial Consulting
Morgan Holladay – Community Service Project
Abby Klos – Hospitality Services Team Decision Making
Katie Light – Hospitality Services Team Decision Making
Connor Martin – Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making
Erin Sammelmann – Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making
Chloe Sanders – Public Relations Project
Leah Smith – Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making
Ella Wagner – Community Service Project
Luke Walsh – Sports and Entertainment Individual Series

West High
Micah Barnes – 2nd Place in Apparel and Accessories Marketing Series
Shannon Bock – 1st Place in Apparel and Accessories Marketing Series
Emma Wilkins – 4th Place in Quick Serve Restaurant Management


FBLA students headed to state:

East High

Business Calculations – Nancy Lin
Business Communication – Nancy Lin
Hospitality Management – Suad Gharib
Political Science – Nancy Lin
Public Speaking – Suad Gharib

North High

Business Calculations- Caleb Fick
Business Communication – Emily Sigmund and Hannah Wilmes
Business Ethics – Jared Aldrich, Caleb Brown, Gustav Wicshmann
Business Financial Plan – Mackenzie Janes, Chance Orf|
Business Law – Jacob Albrecht and Luke Johns
Political Science – Joshua Laya
Publication Design – Abby Regenstein, Alyson Solimando, Lily Volz
Securities & Investments – Akshat Nadella and Evan Sims
Spreadsheet Applications – Abby Regenstein

West High

Agribusiness – Blake Miller
Business Law – Mihir Parmar
Computer Problem Solving – Eric Marston
Global Business – Christina Huang, Tyler Kupcho
Health Care Administration – Blake Miller
Introduction to Business Presentation – Ella Brown
Journalism – Chloe Miller
Political Science – Allison Coil

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