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MARION CENTER: FBLA members excel at leadership conference

by JAKEB RISING, Gazette Student News Reporter on April 25, 2014 10:50 AM

MARION CENTER — Two weeks ago, 10 students represented Marion Center Area High School Future Business Leaders of America professionally and competitively at the State Leadership Conference in Hershey.

Students stayed in the Hershey Lodge from April 6-9, engaging in competitive events, learning useful skills from workshops and enjoying a lively professional environment.

Students competing at the State Leadership Conference had to place in the top three of their region in January to qualify. Qualifying students who attended the SLC were as follows: Chasity Hankinson in Business Calculations; Matthew Janosko and Zack Kriley in Personal Finance; Michaela Lydic in Agribusiness; April Murdick and Lauren Woodburn in Health Care Administration; Vanessa Pappal and Jakeb Rising in Business Communication; Nathan Ruddock in Insurance & Risk Management; and Phillip Weston in Computer Problem Solving. These students competed in their respective areas and many also participated in other events at the conference.

[PHOTO: Ten FBLA students represented Marion Center Area High School at the State Leadership Conference in Hershey earlier this month. In front, from left, are April Murdick, Phillip Weston, Nathan Ruddock and Vanessa Pappal; and in back, Lauren Woodburn, Michaela Lydic, Zack Kriley, Matthew Janosko, Chasity Hankinson and Jakeb Rising.  (Submitted photo/Marion Center High School)]

Marion Center FBLA advisers Tyson Ellenberger and Rebecca Coulter are very proud of all students who competed, representing their school well. They are especially proud of Lauren Woodburn, who placed fifth in the state for Health Care Administration and was awarded her plaque on stage.

Maleah Adamson and Connor McGrady placed first and second, respectively, in middle level event Career Exploration, and Jakeb Rising placed 10th in open competitive event Human Resources Management.

In addition to competitive events, students had lots of time to fill with attending workshops, watching performance events and meeting new people.

These workshops provided students with valuable lessons they can use their entire life.

One of the students’ favorite workshops was ”Discovering Your Social Style,” in which students learned how to identify social styles in themselves and others as well as effective ways of handling conflict and working together with knowledge of these social styles.

Other favorites were: “1 Percent Leadership,” in which students learned how to set themselves apart as leaders by making goals and working to accomplish them, simply by giving some time (as little as 1 percent) to realize those goals; “Job Interview with Confidence,” which gave students interview tips and strategies; and “ParliPro 101,” which familiarized students with the importance and basics of parliamentary procedure.

All of Marion Center’s participating students enjoyed and valued their time at the State Leadership Conference.

Many of the younger students loved their first time attending the SLC and look forward to their next year in FBLA, affirming their commitment to excellence in action.

In other news, Marion Center’s Project Earth Club led the school in celebrating Earth Week this week. Project Earth members helped to bring awareness to students by having a color of the day for students to wear as well as giving out candy and prizes for joining in the celebration.

Other students are celebrating Arbor Day today, planting trees on local game lands.

On Tuesday, students celebrated Earth Day by wearing green to represent the luscious green plants and trees that supply oxygen and food for all living things. On Wednesday, students were able to dress in blue and/or rain boots to show appreciation for fresh, clean water that is absolutely necessary to sustain all forms of life. Thursday, students wore sunglasses and dressed in yellow to show awareness of solar energy and other alternative, renewable energy resources. Brown was the color to wear today, representing the precious soil and sacred ground that allows plants and trees to grow and gives us space to live and enjoy the outdoors.

The high school Earth Week activities were organized by Project Earth advisers Andrea Carter and Thomas Betts, as well as officers Kyle Rishell, Michael Ann Chichy, Melissa Armstrong and Kaylyn Piper.

Today, in observance of Arbor Day, Wildlife Ecology students and Enviroquest team members ventured to State Game Lands 173 to plant trees. The students will have planted approximately 2,000 trees by the end of the day; the trees planted include a variety of evergreens, hardwoods, and even some apples and a few American chestnuts.

The habitat improvement/rehabilitation project was organized by Betts and Max Falisec, science teachers at Marion Center High School, along with Patrick Snickles, a Pennsylvania game commissioner.

The project was carried out in partnership with the Indiana Senior Conservation Corps, the Evergreen Conservancy, the U.S. Office of Surface Mining, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

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