Maricopa High School’s digital-communications students took several awards at the 2023 Arizona chapter of Future Business Leaders of America Regional Conference.

Seventeen students competed in business and communication skills among 500 students from other Arizona high schools.

“Skilled, prepared and driven to succeed, this team is an outstanding representation of the pride and promise in our schools,” MUSD Superintendent Tracey Lopeman said.

MHS honorees include:

  • First place: Micaela Luce Golez, Intro to Business Presentation; John Mills and Bella Ebner, Broadcast Journalism.
  • Second place: John Mills, Sports and Entertainment Management; Siera Deck, Brooklyn Byrd and Kelsie Lewis, Publication Design.
  • Third place: Valeria Arevalos, Client Services.

FBLA, headquartered in Reston, Va., is the largest and oldest business-student organization in the world, comprising more than 250,000 high school and middle school students, college and university students, faculty, educators, administrators and business professionals.

The goal is to prepare students for careers in business by developing competent, aggressive business leadership; strengthening the confidence of students in themselves and their work; creating more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise; encouraging members in the development of individual projects that contribute to the improvement of home and community; encouraging and practicing efficient money management; assisting students in the establishment of occupational goals; facilitating the transition from school to work; and encouraging scholarship and promoting school loyalty.