W.Va. Students Compete at Future Business Leaders Conference

July 24, 2006

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ About 150 students from across West Virginia were among the top contenders at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda 2006 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn.  

The June 24-July 2 event was part of an annual competitive program sponsored by FBLA-PBL, an association for students pursuing business and business-related careers. Individuals, local chapters, and state teams competed in over 40 events representing a range of leading edge business, career and leadership development activities.  

The winners were selected from the organization’s 250,000 members, and had won state competitions to qualify for the national awards program. The 6,000 delegates to the annual conference elected national student officers and attended business and leadership workshops in addition to competing in business and career skill events.  

The following students, advisers, and businesses from West Virginia received awards and recognitions.  

Future Business Leaders of America on the secondary level: Who’s Who in FBLA: Suzanne Caplinger, Mason County Career Center; Scholarship Recipient, Johnson & Wales: Suzanne Caplinger, Mason County Career Center; Local Outstanding Adviser: Susan Armstrong, Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute; Businessperson of the Year: Kennie Bass, WCHS-TV, Charleston; 4th Place, Job Interview: Myriah Hisam, Tyler Consolidated High School; 7th Place, Network Design: Erinn Honus, Jarad Ice and Thomas Weekley Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute; 7th Place, Public Speaking I: Addison Litton, Parkersburg High School; 8th Place, Business Communications: Whitney Finch, Tyler Consolidated High School; Top 15, Web Site Development: Daniel Given and Justin Collins, Braxton County High School.  

Phi Beta Lambda on the post-secondary level: Who’s Who in PBL: Kristy Scaggs, WVU-Tech; Local Outstanding Adviser: Kelly Gross, WVU-Tech; 6th Place, Desktop Publishing: Kristy L. Scruggs and Andrea Evans, WVU-Tech; 7th Place, Parliamentary Procedure: Tamara Cone, Josette Allen, Nancy Brown, Tina Skeen and Casey Hicks, Roane-Jackson Technical Center.  

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda has 250,000 members and advisers in 15,000 chartered chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Guam, the Cayman Islands and Europe. Contact Abigail R. Reynolds, business education coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education, at (304) 558-3703 for more information.

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