Business Magnet Attends FBLA Sectionals

 JSerra’s Business Magnet Students had the opportunity to attend their first  Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Southern Section Leadership conference at Fullerton College.

Guest speakers at the event included, Nathan Nguyen, a entrepreneur and former FBLA member who became a millionaire while he was an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California, and Gahram Kand, owner and founder of the Law Offices of Gahram Kang, a Professional Law Corporartion.

The students’ hard work and dedication throughout the year paid off, resulting in 17 medalists, and three competitors that will move on to the state competitions April 19- 22 in Irvine. Competing in the team event category of entrepreneurship, Zach Wonzniki and Frank Sundstedt proved to be a good match, qualifying for state. Kristjan Thordorson received second place and will also be going to state to compete in the category of computer problem solving.

The individual event medalists list is as follows: Chase Anderson – Business Law, Saba Sahmoedini – Intro to Business, Giovanna Hughes – Intro to Business, and Adam Molina – Personal Finance. Medalists for the team events include Mark Ikalowych and Cole Schleppy – Marketing, Lauren and Montana Cooper – Business Management Decisions, Stuart Young, Max Gamperl, Johnathan Fabulich, and Robert Charles – Parliamentary Procedures, Max Palmer and Cody Dupuis – Global Business.

For more information on JSerra’s Business Magnet Program click here.

JSerra Student Lends Strong Shoulder

Heather Star Gelhart explains to Dylan Noceda, (center), and Gil Jr. Tolliver, (right), how they will begin an exercise where Dylan will help Gil write a story

*Running in the current issue of the OC Register

If you met Richard Tolliver in the halls of Costa Mesa High, you’d likely encounter the 14-year-old freshman his peers know: The boy with an easy smile, mischievous eyes and happy-go-lucky spirit.

“I walk around school like this guy who has no fears. I’m that spontaneous guy, the goofy one,” says Tolliver, who played football last year.

Yet, for a long time, the boy who found his voice in the school’s Madrigal Choir, maintained an uncharacteristic silence when it came to one aspect of his life – his former homelessness.

It was a secret he didn’t reveal until a few weeks ago, when he sat down in the Lighthouse in Costa Mesa Church and opened up to a complete stranger, another 14-year-old named Stuart Young.

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