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MHS FBLA earns honors

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Newly-elected Virginia FBLA president Vimal Nair of Fairfax County, presents Candice Owens of Middlesex High with her Sarah Lowe Thompson Scholarship Award.

On April 17, the Middlesex High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Chapter traveled to Reston to attend the FBLA State Leadership Conference.

During the conference, the MHS Chapter represented Middlesex County well. The chapter was awarded Honor Chapter status, which less than 5% of all chapters achieve, and they were rewarded with a Bronze membership to the Virginia FBLA-PBL Foundation. 

The main service project for the Middlesex Chapter is raising funds and gifts for the Association for the Support of Children With Cancer (ASK).  For their efforts this year, the chapter was recognized as having the largest local chapter donation to ASK in Virginia. 

“This is the award I am most proud of,” said MHS Chapter president Candice Owens. “We work year round for ASK and while we do not do this for accolades, this recognition shows how hard we work for the children.”

Owens, the JSRCC Region president and Virginia vice president, and senior Jessica Anderson were recognized by being named to Who’s Who in Virginia FBLA. Owens, a senior, also was awarded the Virginia FBLA-PBL Foundation’s Sarah Lowe Thompson Scholarship, one of two awarded.

On Saturday evening’s Awards of Excellence Program, MHS sophomore Marcus Peters was inducted as the new Virginia vice president representing the JSRCC Region, succeeding Owens in the position. 

Attending the conference as competitors were juniors Susan Dunaway and Lauren Beebe in Network Design, sophomore Kevin Walsh in Business Math, and freshman Dallas Dickey in Word Processing I. Also attending were seniors Katlin Major and Kristen Andrews, and freshmen Grayson Johnson and Libby Scales.

FBLA is the largest student-run organization in the world. Virginia has over 15,000 members. The MHS Chapter advisors are William Griffin and Carl McWhorter.

posted 04.22.2009

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