Etcetera - 04/21/10


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.

Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or 526-8313.


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