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Aug 06, 2020

RBR Student Carter Costic Tops Nation in Future Business Leaders Competition

By Les Pierce

Carter Costic

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) has named Red Bank Regional student Carter Costic a national winner of their annual competition. The FBLA conducts academic competitions annually in more than 60 categories for high school students. Costic took top honors nationwide for the “Introduction to Information Technology” category.

The national competition is a culmination of a series of testing in which students must qualify to move on to the next level. The tournament began with regional testing in December with top scorers qualifying for the state level round.

Costic finished fourth in the New Jersey state competition held in February, which qualified him to advance to the nationals. His classmate, Matthew Schmitt, achieved the top score statewide in the category, thus RBR was represented by two students in the final round. Schmitt went on to secure ninth place in the nationals.

“After receiving the results of the state round in which I placed fourth, I decided I would give nationals my best shot and start studying,” stated Costic. “FBLA and its community offers a multitude of resources that can help you increase your score which I took advantage of. As I placed first in the nation, I can attest that these materials worked for me.”

RBR technology teacher Jeremiah Milonas stated, “Carter has a true passion for computing. The level at which he prepares for all tech competitions is unparalleled. It is nice to see all the hard work that he has been putting in has paid off. For him to achieve first place in a national competition is an amazing accomplishment.”

Milonas also recognized Schmitt for his achievements, stating, “I have been so impressed with Matt’s passion and excitement that he has for computing. To finish ninth place in the country is such a fantastic accomplishment. I am really looking forward to working with Matthew and Carter for the next two years.”

The FBLA honors the top 10 finishers in each category and posts the results on its website. The winners in the “Introduction to Information Technology” category were as follows:

  1. Carter Costic: Red Bank Regional High School, New Jersey
  2. Daniel Ji: Walnut High School, California
  3. Dennis Pham: Harverford High School, Pennsylvania
  4. Bhargav Annem: Liberal Arts and Science Academy, Texas
  5. Daniel Luo: Upper Dublin High School, Pennsylvania
  6. Robert Wagner: Aurora High School, Missouri
  7. Liam Pivnichny: Middletown High School, Florida
  8. Arko Ghosh: C. Leon King High School, Florida
  9. Matthew Schmitt: Red Bank Regional High School, New Jersey
  10. Esha Venkatanarayan: Middlesex County Academy, New Jersey

Costic and Schmitt are both enrolled in RBR’s Academy of Information Technology and will enter school as juniors in the fall.

“RBR and its teachers, including Mr. Milonas, Mr. [Christopher] Watson, Mr. [Adrian] Wilkins and more, have allowed me to further my passion for technology,” stated Costic.  “The courses RBR offer have allowed me to advance my coding and networking skills. CyberPatriot has given me the opportunity to learn an abundance about cyber security and its impact on the world. The most interesting thing about technology is how it affects the lives of everyone and everything we do.”