Sandy, Utah— Two students from Beehive Science and Technology Academy were recently announced as state-level winners at the Future Business Leaders of America (FLBA) student competition and will advance to the national-level competition in Orlando, Florida. The FLBA states they are the largest business Career and Technical Student Organization in the world and helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business. FBLA competitive events recognize and reward excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. They also prepare students for successful careers in business by providing opportunities to apply classroom concepts in a workforce-simulated competitive environment and receive feedback from business professionals.

The two student winners are Pasha Naruta and Kristy Zhu. Naruta is a Junior at Beehive Academy. He participates in Student Council, the College Leadership and Mentor Program (CMLP) that is a unique program where five to ten students work with mentor teachers to prepare for their future by studying towards ACT and participate in leadership activities, the FBLA, and swims competitively for Wasatch Front Fish Market (WFFM). At the FBLA State Leadership Conference Naruta won fourth place in Web Coding and Development and fifth place in Securities and Investment. He is a programming researcher for Mid America River and Rail. Zhu is a Freshman at Beehive Academy. She is the Treasurer of their FBLA Club and was recently one of the leads in the secondary school play. Zhu won first place in State in the Introduction to Programming event.

“All of our FBLA students worked very hard on their projects and presentations. This is only our second year competing and we are thrilled to have some wins already,” said Dr. Maria H. Andersen, CTE Business and Marketing Education/ Math & Science Education at Beehive Science and Technology Academy.

Beehive Academy Director Hanifi Oguz added, “We are proud of all the students who represented our school in the competition. The curriculum at Beehive is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in humanities and social science as well as math, science and technology with the aim of preparing them to become responsible and educated members of the society. We look forward to seeing future success with all our students and wish Pasha and Kristy the best as they move forward to the national-level competition.”

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