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Mount Vernon Students Take Center Stage At Statewide Leadership Conference

Jahari White, Shadae Leslie, Ashlene Charles and William Rundle represented Mount Vernon at the National Future Business Leaders of America Skills Competition in Rochester.
Jahari White, Shadae Leslie, Ashlene Charles and William Rundle represented Mount Vernon at the National Future Business Leaders of America Skills Competition in Rochester. Photo Credit: Contributed

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Mount Vernon students took shined this week at the New York State Leadership conference, advancing to the national competition next month.

Mount Vernon High School senior Shadae Leslie earned a spot in the National Future Business Leaders of America Skills Competition after earning a second place finish at the statewide competition for upperclassmen.

With an average score from four judges of 98 percent, Leslie was chosen to represent New York in the public speaking performance event in Atlanta this summer.

Chapters from the Mount Vernon Future Business Leaders of America from both Mount Vernon and Mandela/Zollicoffer High Schools represented their city in the statewide competition held in Rochester, where they attended various workshops, business skills competitions and leadership sessions.

Other Mount Vernon students that stood out included Jahari White and Ashlene Charles, who finished fifth in the state for their final presentation in the business ethics competition. Mandela/Zollicoffer High School students Queen Boswell and Julissa Burgos also made the trip, where they attended a college tour of the Rochester Institute of Technology, where they “came away knowing they definitely want to further their educations in a college setting.”

“All of our Future Business Leaders of America students’ efforts and professionalism would bring pride to the entire Mount Vernon community,” William Rundle, Future Business Leaders of America advisor, said. “This was an outstanding opportunity to demonstrate skills they will need in the workplace, and they not only met the challenge; they excelled.”

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