LSMSA FBLA students compete at State Leadership Conference

Pictured on first row from left are Vani Pandian (’21), Olufunke Adeleye (’20), Scott Hebert (’21) and Taylor Rutherford (’20). On second row are Nicholas Adams (’20), Pasha Farley (’20), Colby Alexander (’19) and Victoria “Goldie” Howard (’20). On third row are Ryann Hamilton (’20), Noah Edmonds (’21) and John “Cooper” Miller (’19). On fourth row is Chirstan Bates (’20). Not pictured are Leila Escoto (’20), Dalaijsa Payton (’19) and Eric Stein (’19).

Fifteen students from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts’s (LSMSA) Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club participated in the State Leadership Conference, held in Lafayette on March 24-26. They competed individually and in teams against more than a thousand students from all across the state in competitions focused on practical business skills involving communication practices, written tests and oral presentations.

Eight students placed within the top ten in their respective areas and will go on to compete in the National Leadership Competition in June.

The students are:

Victoria “Goldie” Howard (’20), who won 2nd place in Advertising and 4th place in Management Decision-Making

Chirstan Bates (’20) and Taylor Rutherford (’20), who won 4th place in Management Decision-Making

Noah Edmonds (’21), who won 4th place in Agribusiness

Colby Alexander (’19) and Scott Hebert (’21), who won 2nd place in Public Service Announcement

Dalaijsa Payton (’19), who won 3rd place in Help Desk

Nicholas Adams (’20), who won 4th place in Cyber Security.

Also placing top ten in their respective areas are:

Leila Escoto (’20), winning 7th place in Public Speaking and 7th place in Banking and Financial Systems

Eric Stein (’19), winning 5th place in Personal Finance and 7th place in Banking and Financial Systems

Pasha Farley (’20), winning 8th place in Organizational Leadership

Ryann Hamilton (’20), winning 8th place in Personal Finance

John “Cooper” Miller (‘19), winning 8th place in Business Calculations.

Other students who participated in the event are Olufunke Adeleye (’20), who competed in Business Calculations and Business Communications, and Vani Pandian (’21), who competed in Healthcare Administration and Introduction to Information Technology.

FBLA is one of more than 50 student clubs and organizations offered at LSMSA. For more information about student groups at the school, visit

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