W.Va. Students Compete at Future Business Leaders Conference

July 13, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ About 170 students from across West Virginia were among the top contenders at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda 2007 National Leadership Conference in Chicago.  

The June 27-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 7,300 delegates to the 56th 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 and adviser from West Virginia received awards and recognitions. • 1st Place, Job Interview—Rebecca Durst, Mason County Career Center • 1st Place, Desktop Publishing—Darrin Nicholas and Sarah Smith, Wirt County High School • 2nd Place, Accounting II—Austin Jones, George Washington High School • 8th Place, Cyber Security—Erinn Honus, Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute • Who’s Who in FBLA-Andrew Koerber, Tyler Consolidated High School • Local Outstanding Adviser Recognition-Berna Hilbert, Mason County Career 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 or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699 for more information.

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