Lacey Peterson
The Union Democrat

Summerville High School freshman Jonathan Horak will compete in June at the national Future Business Leaders of America conference after winning the word processing competition at the state contest in April.

The Future Business Leaders of America 2011 National Leadership Conference will be held in Orlando, Fla., and will include 1,500 to 2,000 students from all over the United States.

Horak, 15, of Twain Harte, will compete in the Word Processing I section, where students must format word documents and write letters.

"I'm not really nervous," Horak said. "It'll just be fun."

Horak placed first in word processing at the state contest where

schools with over 100 students per team competed, said team adviser,

his mother and Summerville High School business teacher Kathy Horak.

"It was wonderful. Especially for a student like Jonathan to make

it to nationals. That's a great accomplishment," said co-adviser Pat


"For us to get any awards at the state level, we're really happy,"

Kathy Horak said. "This year to get five was outstanding. I was very

proud of them."

In March, the Summerville High team competed at the California

Future Business Leaders of America Central Section Leadership

Conference in Modesto and all seven members qualified to compete in the

state contest held in April in Santa Clara.

Students compete in various areas including word processing,

business math, mock job interviews, technology concepts and public

speaking. Students must also fill out real resumes and apply to jobs

they are qualified for.

Five of the eight students who competed placed in the top 10 and received plaques, Horak said.

The students who received awards were: senior Scott Galvin, 17,

sixth in Word Processing II; junior Rachel "Rae" Wagner, 17, 10th in

Word Processing II; sophomore Laura Snelling, 16, fourth in Word

Processing I; and sophomore Alyssa Madrigal, 15, 10th in job interview.

The students learn much from attending workshops and competing, Horak said.

Through donations from the school site council, Black Oak Casino

and Sonora Area Foundation, the business club was able to attend the

regional and state conferences this year and in years past, Horak said.

The biggest challenge of the business competitions is "just preparing for it, making sure you study," Madrigal said.

"There's a lot to study and practice," Wagner said.

Contact Lacey Peterson at or 588-4529.