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Clear Spring High business leaders group attends annual state leadership conference

May 13, 2012
  • Clear Spring High School's Future Business Leaders of America members, from left, are Cassandra Suder, Karen Teach (adviser), Tasha Kane, Carly Yost, Colby Poffenberger, Kayla Stoner, Shannon Bishop and Ann Savage.
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Clear Spring High School Future Business Leaders of America members attended the 56th annual State Leadership Conference at the Hunt Valley Marriott on April 19-21.  The three-day event was filled with approximately 60 competitive events, leadership workshops, keynote speaker, two banquets, two dances and other activities.

Clear Spring FBLA was one of only four chapters in the state that received recognition for its efforts this past year as a Gold Seal Chapter. 

The chapter had to recruit at least 10 professional members and complete nine other categories of requirements and documentation to be considered for the recognition. The chapter also received second place for its FBLA Week activities. 

Carly Yost, chapter vice president, was chairwoman of the event. Clear Spring placed fifth for its local chapter annual business report, which was written and compiled as a collaborative effort by the local officer team.

Karen Teach, chapter adviser, was recognized with a plaque as the Region I adviser, which includes Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick counties.

The Maryland Board of Directors of FBLA appointed Teach as the Maryland State Officer adviser for the 2012-13 year.

Colby Poffenberger, local chapter president and the state Region I vice president, was awarded Who's Who in FBLA. He also placed 11th in the economics competition.

Other recognition included Kelsey Cooper competing in business math; Lexi Sterling placing eighth in introduction to business communication; Cassandra Suder placing eighth in business communication; Kayla Stoner placing seventh in business calculations; Ann Savage placing sixth in public speaking II; Carly Yost placing fifth in personal finance; and Tasha Kane placing first in word processing I. Tasha has qualified for the national competition in San Antonio, Texas, from June 28-July 2.

Clear Spring also won the drawing for a chapter pizza party in May by recruiting 10 professional division members.

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