students winning awards

The Grayslake Central High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the annual State Leadership Conference in Springfield on April 5-6. Approximately 1,744 members, advisors, and guests attended this year’s conference, with 74 chapters from around the State of Illinois competing. Eight Grayslake students placed in the top ten for their respective competitions, including three who will move on as National Qualifiers.

Students can compete in over 75 events, spanning topics like Accounting, Cyber Security, Leadership, Finance, Investments, and Supply Chain Management. Competitions range from objective tests to role-play scenarios covering Client Service, Hospitality Management, and more. Computer skills, speaking, and interview events are also included, along with presentations on Business Ethics, Community Service, and Website Coding.

     1st Place         Andrew Graham                     Public Speaking

     4th Place         Adithi Govindarjau                  Broadcast Journalism

     4th Place         Mary O’Connor                       Broadcast Journalism

     5th Place         Thomas Natarajan                  Agribusiness

     6th Place         Jillian Santello                         Business Calculations

     9th Place         Zoeya Pottayil                          Intro to Future Business Leaders of America

     9th Place         Ayushi Patel                            Business Plan

     9th Place         Sahana Subramanyan           Business Plan

The National Leadership Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida from June 28-July 2, where Grayslake will be represented by Andrew Graham (Public Speaking), Adithi Govindarjau (Broadcast Journalism), and Mary O’Connor (Broadcast Journalism). Graham will be entering the national competition as the first-place qualifier from the state.

“We are so proud of all the students and advisors involved in the Grayslake Central FBLA chapter for their hard work, dedication, and exemplary representation of our schools at the state level,” said Dianna Repp, the Student Activities Director of Grayslake Central High School. “We believe their success not only reflects the quality of the education students are receiving in the District but also showcases Grayslake as a home of future leaders. We wish the national qualifiers the best of luck as they compete at the next level.”


Future Business Leaders of America is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. For more information, visit