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Mater Lakes Academy’s Melissa Machado is 8th in National Competition

All four students, Cristian “CJ” Acevedo (Sales Presentation) , Anny Licor (Electronic Career Portfolio), Melisa Machado (Organizational Leadership) , and Kevin Vega (Sports and Entertainment Management), ended as finalists in their respective categories, but one student placed 8th nationally, Melissa Machado.

Miami, FL, Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 – Mater Lakes Academy had four students compete in the FBLA National Leadership Conference held in Anaheim, California on June 29th – July 2nd.   

 

All four students, Cristian “CJ” Acevedo (Sales Presentation) , Anny Licor (Electronic Career Portfolio), Melisa Machado (Organizational Leadership) , and Kevin Vega (Sports and Entertainment Management), ended as finalists in their respective categories, but one student placed 8th nationally, Melissa Machado.

 

“I’m very proud of Melissa placing her category after her hard work in FBLA over the past four years.  This National Leadership Conference experience will hopefully encourage more new members to join and create momentum for us over the next few years to experience nationals again and again,” said Mr. Giovanni Lorenzo, FBLA sponsor. 

 

“It was an unforgettable experience that I’m glad I could share with such memorable people.  It was the perfect closing to my four year FBLA career,” said Melissa Machado, Class of 2017.  Melissa and CJ both graduated from Mater Lakes in June and are off to continue their education by pursuing a post-secondary education.  Melissa will be heading to Stanford this fall.

 

This is the first time that Mater Lakes Academy has had four students qualify during the State Leadership Conference to attend the National Competition. Though this was not the first time that Mater Lakes had students that were qualified to compete at FBLA’s NLC, this is the first time that students competed on the national stage.

 

“Being able to experience this amazing trip was truly the highlight of my freshmen year.  I’m extremely grateful to have spent a weekend with such an adventurous and supportive group of people,” said Anny Licor.  Both Anny and Kevin will continue leading and competing for Mater Lakes Academy’s FBLA in the upcoming school year.    “It was an amazing experience, truly a once in a lifetime experience.  I hope to be able to do it again Baltimore, where FBLA will hold next year’s National Leadership Conference,” said Kevin Vega.

 

This four-day conference is the highest level of competition for FBLA members, with over 120,000 students competing from across the nation. Students achieving national ranking can earn scholarships through FBLA and their partners.

 

Mater Lakes Academy is a Miami-Dade County Public Charter School, with students enrolled in 6th – 12th grade.  Mater Lakes Academy has been open since the 2006-2007 academic school year, and it currently completed its 11th year under the direction of Principal Rene F. Rovirosa.  For more information, visit the school’s website at www.materlakes.org.