Etcetera - 04/20/10

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Sixteen Walla Walla High School Future Business Leaders of America chapter members competed in the State Business Leadership conference in Yakima from April 8-10.

With the theme "Hello, We are the Future," the conference welcomed 1,700 students from high school FBLA chapters around the state, and involved competitions in more than 60 events. It featured workshops, seminars and tours of local Yakima businesses, said Scott Reardon, Wa-Hi chapter adviser.

Wa-Hi senior Amanda Hamilton won the state title in business law. She and partners Shelby Osborn and Justin Mathews finished fourth in emerging business issues.

Senior Nathan Christen finished second in the technology concepts event.

Other conference participants included seniors Alex Bennett, Merrick Calder, Aron Castro and Brianna Coffland; juniors Mike Collison, Nathan Gallinat, Colton Hill, Xinyue "Jade" Lu, Nick Poolman and Melissa Santana; and sophomores Marcus Agidius and Bosco Brittain. "Our team represented Wa-Hi very well," Reardon said.

"These kids are future professionals who hold a great deal of potential ... and I am very proud of each of them."

Students who placed in the top five in each event are potentially eligible to compete July 13-17 in the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

A program endorsed by anti-crime activist and "America's Most Wanted" TV show host John Walsh will be offered here Saturday.

DNA LifePrint Child Safety uses a biometric fingerprinting and DNA identification kit, according to Scott Abajian.

The event will be at Abajian Toyota, 606 N. Wilbur Ave., from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

It gives parents tools recommended by the FBI and the Department of Justice, the release said. Abajian Toyota is underwriting the program locally.

There will be free Big Cheese pizzas, soft drinks from Coca Cola and fun tattoos for the kids.

This program will offer free: an FBI-certified Biometric 10 Digit Fingerprint Profile; a high-resolution full color digital photograph of your child; a Child Safety Journal; and a home DNA identification kit.

The only record of the visit is handed to parents to take home. For more details, contact Scott at 525-1920.

Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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