The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) 2014 Region 16 Leadership Conference was recently held at Luzerne County Community College. More than 500 students from E.L. Meyers, GAR Memorial, Hanover Area, Hazleton Area, James M. Coughlin, Lake-Lehman, MMI Preparatory, Pittston Area, West Side CTC, Wyoming Area and Wyoming Valley West high schools competed in numerous business-related events. Top finishers in each event will advance to the Pennsylvania State Leadership Conference in April in Hershey. The national competition will be held in Nashville, Tenn., in June. The conference concluded with the awards ceremony. The following students were elected to next year’s regional officer team, Gabrielle Ator, president, Hazleton Area; Timothy Reams, vice president, Wyoming Valley West; Olivia Roberts, secretary, Meyers; and Layne Miller, treasurer, Hazleton Area. Advisers of Region 16 are Laura Barletta, Hazleton Area High School; Allison Yourechko, Dallas High School; and Diana Alichnie, Dallas High School. Numerous local business professionals were judges for the performance events. Some of the first-place winners, from left, first row: Mark Baron, Wyoming Valley West; Alexandra Gladkikh and William Pursell, Hazleton Area; Patrick Antall, Anthony Barbose and Christopher Bloom, Wyoming Valley West; Melanie Suarez, Sabrina Ettinger, Layne Miller, Kiersten Nice and Larissa Wright, Hazleton Area; and Sarah Knappman, Coughlin. Second row: Daniel Synoski, Hazleton Area; Nikolas Lecce, Wyoming Valley West; Joshua Narrow, MMI Preparatory; Briana Papp, Cassie Papp, Charles Bene, Christy Havrilla, Emily Malone, Corey Rossi, Charles Burrows, Ryan Eckrote and Victoria Herbener, Hazleton Area. Third row: Olivia Winters, Julia Crossin, Brian Grodzki and Keefe McDougal, Wyoming Valley West; Liz Schrader, Hazleton Area; Angelika Dzieza, Brianna Gaylets and Nicole Piro, Wyoming Valley West; Syed Yusuf Qadri, MMI Preparatory; and Dario D’Amato, Hazleton Area. Fourth row: Anthony Petrole, Adam Grula, Kyra Schell and Austin Pataki, Hazleton Area; Brittany Faux, Christopher Herrick, Alexander Hoyt, Cayle Spencer, Danae Sutliff and Emily Sutton, Lake-Lehman. Fifth row: Zachary Bergersen, Karlee Naylon and Rachel Paisley,Hazleton Area; Philip Hettes and Joshua Sayre, Lake-Lehman; Gabrielle Ator, Hannah Plaza, Isabella Plaza, Erica Dougherty and Gracie Greco, Hazleton Area; and Corey Hauser, Coughlin. Sixth row: Kacee Diehl and Morgan Stahr, Hazleton Area; Elizabeth Hoffman, Wyoming Valley West; and Carly Ray and David Sadvary, Coughlin. Other first-place winners were Emily Welles and Joshua Schiowitz, Meyers; Rebecca Shields and Morgan Moser, West Side CTC; Cal Lisman and Amy Webster, Meyers; Ryan Lamoreaux and Michael Bowman, West Side CTC; Kelsey Gabriel, Coughlin; and Noah Collins and Alexandra Quick, West Side CTC.