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Students compete in FBLA event

July 25, 2002

Student members of the Future Business Leaders of America of Washington County High Schools traveled to Nashville, Tenn., June 28 through July 3 to compete in the national cocurricular competition.

This year's national theme was "Tune in to Business." In order to qualify for the competition, students across the nation had to place first or second at local, regional or state competitions.

Qualifying students representing Washington County high schools were:

  • Shafer Minnick, a junior at Smithsburg High School, who participated in business math.

  • Bradley Howell, a 2002 graduate of South Hagerstown High School, who placed ninth in the nation in Word Processing II.

  • Jamie Teach, a senior at Clear Spring High School, who placed fourth in the nation in Word Processing I.



The students were accompanied by Clear Spring High School's adviser, Karen Teach,

In the skill events, Howell and Teach took timed production tests on the computer to format and complete eight business documents in one hour. They then had one hour to complete a written objective test on basic knowledge of grammar, punctuation, word usage and formatting.

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Hancock High School earned second place as a regional winner for the Local Market Share Award.

Approximately 6,000 students from across the United States as well as Canada, Guam, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Department of Defense Schools abroad attended conference workshops while qualifying members participated in 50 individual, team and chapter events.

While in Nashville. students attended workshops including "How Do You Know You've Arrived If You Don't Know Where You're Headed," "SAT Practice Test," "Lessons on Leadership," "MOUS Preparation," "Intervention Techniques" and leadership preparation workshops.

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