Clear Spring High Future Business Leaders group tours FBLA headquarters, Microsoft

April 08, 2012
  • Front row, from left, Abbey Weaver, Carly Yost, Travis Capezuto, Lauren Kline, Lexi Sterling, Emily Kane, Olivia Rowe (kneeling) and Cayla Grimm. Second row, Tristen Lewis, Logan Speak, Brad Stouffer, Tim Stoner, Journie Bartles, Kylee Reed, Amanda Haviland, Holly Stevens, Hannah Miss, Jenna Knable, Kimberly Jardine and Brittany Ray. Third row, Connor Greenlee, Cory Caudell, Andrew Shupp, Shawn Kinna, Sam Potterfield, Zach Kline, Sarah Bright, Colby Poffenberger, Adam White, Jeremy Miller, Elizabeth Boyer, Truss Rowe, Kayla Stoner, Casey Shank and Tristen Rice.
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On March 8, the Clear Spring High School Chapter 2199 of Future Business Leaders of America toured two facilities in their ongoing efforts to present opportunities to members to foster a career and college-ready culture.

The first stop of the day was the national headquarters for FBLA in Reston, Va.

Student members were surprised how small the building and staff were considering the services that are provided to all the members of  “the largest and oldest business student organization in the world.”

Members were greeted by Lisa Smothers, membership director, and Marisa Preuss, communications director.  The students divided into two groups to tour the facility.  Barbara Small, the education director, spoke with members about possible changes to competitive events for the 2013-14 school year, and Jean M. Buckley, president and CEO, greeted the group before its departure. 

The students also were welcomed by the fragrance of home-baked cookies, as the staff prepared warm cookies, compliments of the group’s fundraising partner, Otis Spunkmeyer. 

Tour guides pointed out all of the artifacts that were donated by local FBLA chapters as well as regional chapters to help decorate and fund the national headquarters. 

Students also saw their adviser, Karen Teach, stand in front of the tree of recognition for advisers who have given 20 or more years of service.

Upon departure from the national headquarters, the group traveled to Microsoft Technology Center in the Discovery Station Complex in Reston. 

Microsoft believes that people are every organization's most important resource. 

The center provides “an integrated enterprise approach that bridges the gap between personal productivity and business process automation software, which enables IT environments to better support evolving business requirements.” 

The group was given a tour of the building, participated in Kinect's Fruit Ninja on a large screen, witnessed a preview of how businesspeople could listen to their emails while driving, talk to their Outlook Calendar, etc., all while on the road.

Students also received a demonstration of their surface technology on a glass coffee table that was in the main lobby on the second floor.

Microsoft provided lunch for the students, as well as thermal coffee mugs as parting gifts.

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