W.Va. Students Compete at National Conference

July 21, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Students from Braxton, Pleasants and Wirt counties were among the top contenders at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda 2009 National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif.  


The June 23-28 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 about 60 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. About 120 West Virginia students competed in 30 events. The 7,300 delegates to the 58th 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 during the conference: first place, Business Presentation, Darrin Nichols, Sarah Smith and Brittany Williamson, Wirt County High School; second place, Desk Top Publishing, Wesley Cos and Josh Valentine, Wirt County High School; second place, Help Desk, Jordan Mueller, Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute, Pleasants County; seventh place, Electronic Portfolio, Kevin Cool, Braxton County High School; seventh place, Local Chapter Annual Business Report, Samantha Hardbarger, Wirt County High School; and West Virginia’s Outstanding Local FBLA Adviser, Kathy Rollins, Mason County Career Center. 
“FBLA-PBL is an outstanding organization which provides our students with business opportunities inside and outside of the classroom,” Abigail Reynolds, state FBLA-PBL chairman. “West Virginia students gained additional leadership skills and had the chance to network with students from across the nation at this conference.”
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.  
For more information, contact Abigail Reynolds at (304) 558-3703, or the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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