Keating wins state scholarship pageant

Julia Keating, 12, of Egg Harbor Township, recently won the 42nd annual New Jersey National Teenager Scholarship Pageant, held in Ocean City.

This summer she will travel to San Antonio, Texas, where she will represent New Jersey in the national competition.

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FBL of America club wins honors

The New Jersey Future Business Leaders of America state leadership conference took place in March in East Brunswick, hosting more than 2,000 youth to showcase their talents as future business leaders.

Members from Egg Harbor Township received high honors, and 11 of them are eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference in California this summer.

First honors: Business Presentation, Bret Bye and Nicole Wuttke; Digital Video Production, Mohanad Barhoum, Juan Chamorro and Anthony Hoang; Global Business, Edward Lin, Vishal Patel and Michael Rodgers; Job Interview, Kelli Kyle.

Second honors: Electronic Career Portfolio, Cecilia Kang; FBLA Principles and Procedures, Maddie Cialini; Ms. Future Business Leader, Lola Agabalogun.

Third honors: Desktop Application Programming, Parth Parikh; Impromptu Speaking, Angelo Bechara.

Fourth honors: FBLA Principles and Procedures, Kyle Uy.

Fifth honors: Help Desk, Madison Barbieri; Word Processing I, Chidera Asiegbu.

Scholarship: Outstanding FBLA Member, Frances Eggert Scholarship, Lola Agabalogun.

Who’s Who in FBLA: Nicole Dowdell; Gold Officer: Bret Bye; Gold Member: Irene Patron; Overall Member of the Month: Cecilia Kang.

Business Person of the Year: Mr. Kirk Bye, Portock, Bye, Weiss and Co., LLC.

Chapter Events: Gold Key Chapter, Public Relations Award, March of Dimes Fundraising Award, Largest Local Chapter, Southern Region, Battle of the Chapters, Lola Agabalogun, Kelli Kyle and Irene Patron.

The awards are part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related topics. See

Reyes perform in anti-drug concert

On May 23, YALE High School student Ivelisse Reyes, of Egg Harbor Township, will be one of 33 New Jersey high school student finalists to perform at the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s ninth annual New Jersey Shout Down Drugs Prevention Concert, presented by Comcast.

Reyes will perform her original song, “No Time For That Life,” at the statewide concert held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The competition challenges high school students to create original music with lyrics that contain powerful peer-to-peer drug prevention messages. The students will compete for one of three music contracts with the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, worth a total of $10,000, to perform their song at statewide events. features profiles of this year’s finalists and allows the public to view and vote for their favorite songs. These results are factored into the finalists’ scores on the night of the concert. Tickets to the concert are free, but must be reserved at the website.

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