Reading student earns statewide accolades from Future Business Leaders of America

Reach Cyber Charter School students Chiara Steele, Sophie Thompson-Best and Addison Hunter earned top placements in Pennsylvania in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)’s National Awards Program.

The program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas, as well as prepares middle-level students for successful careers in business through competitive opportunities.

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“The entire Reach Cyber faculty and staff are so proud of Chiara, Sophie and Addison for their FBLA accomplishments,” said Gabrielle Marghella, FBLA middle school advisor and middle school gifted teacher at Reach Cyber Charter School.

“This year was the first year that Reach Cyber students competed in the FBLA competitive events, so we are thrilled to have three of our students place among top two for the state in three different categories.”

Chiara Steele, an eighth grader from Reading, earned first place in Pennsylvania for financial literacy, outscoring all other students in an objective test that covered topics such as discounts and percentages, taxes, credit cards, return on investment, and more.

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Sophie Thompson-Best, an eighth grader from Stroudsburg, placed second in career exploration. Sophie excelled in an objective test that covered topics such as career planning, job applications, interviews, resumes, and employability skills.

Addison Hunter, a sixth grader from York, scored second place in career research. Addison researched the field of fashion design and created a video presentation that was submitted and scored by a select group of judges.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest business Career and Technical Student Organization in the world, inspiring and preparing students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.

Reach Cyber Charter School is a STEM-focused, tuition-free, online public charter for K-12 students across Pennsylvania.

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