While most students were lounging at the pool this summer, David Berdik was competing nationally for FBLA for the first time in Shaler history. At the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference, senior David Berdik placed first in the Desktop Application Programming category. The conference, held in Chicago, ran from June 29 to July 2 this past summer. Berdik was able to qualify for nationals by placing second at states in Hershey, Pennsylvania during the school year.
His project consisted of a kennel management program for an animal shelter, in which he constructed himself with the use of only few instructions. After reading instructions, he wrote the program, sent it in, presented at Hershey, and was successful enough to move on to Chicago.
However, he realized after submission that his project had an error, so he had to explain this mistake to the judges through presentation. He credits the judges with constructive criticism that ultimately helped him in the end.
“At first it really aggravated me, but eventually I just did what they said and it worked,” said Berdik.
Being the only Shaler member to attend nationals, Berdik instantly recognized differences between Hershey and Chicago. Instead of presenting only once, he actually had to present twice after continuing on from the preliminary rounds and making modifications. He was also able to meet a bunch of other students with similar interests, some even from the area.
“There was actually a student that went to Gateway. I just thought it was really cool because he’s from the area and we were both in Chicago. We didn’t plan to meet there, it just kind of happened,” said Berdik.
When asked about the competition, Berdik stated that it was “fun, yet stressful’.
Berdik was first introduced to FBLA by Mrs. Lisa Klugh. After finally agreeing to join and work on computer programming, he quickly became good at what he was doing.
Although Shaler’s FBLA program is relatively small, the members do community service projects as well as competitions. FBLA hopes to send even more members to states this year, and hopefully nationals.
Berdik hopes to attend the University of Pittsburgh and continue with FBLA and major in computer science.