by: Submitted Photo - MHS FBLA students who competed at the state contest are, from back left, Jonica Buck, Josriel Pasikatan, Ezra-Mel Pasikatan, Javier Pineda, Daniel Bueno, Priya Patel. Front row, Alexis Kakoona, Katie Kenville and Megan Brown.

   Three Madras High School and two Culver High School students qualified to compete at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference to be held June 23 to 30, in Atlanta, Ga.
   At the state FBLA Conference April 16 to 18, the following awards were won: Madras students: Ezra-Mel Pasikatan placed first in Business Procedures, Megan Brown placed second in Public Speaking 2, and Josriel Pasikatan placed third in Business Calculations. Culver students: Jessica Krueger and Andrew Hawk placed second in Desktop Publishing.
   These students will advance to the national contest.
   Nine Madras and seven Culver FBLA members competed with over 1,400 students from around the state in business-related events ranging from accounting to Web site development.
   Madras students who placed in the top 10 in their event included Katie Kenville and Alexis Kakoona in Web site Development (sixth), Alexis Kakoona in Spreadsheet Applications (seventh), and Ezra-Mel Pasikatan in Accounting l (10th).
   Other competing members were: Daniel Bueno in Impromptu Speaking and Technology Concepts, Jonica Buck in Job Interview and Economics, Priya Patel in Word Processing 2 and Desktop Publishing teamed with Javier Pineda, who also competed in Accounting l.
   Culver members Hillary Hawk and Ethan Rumbarger competed in Business Plan, Hawk in Marketing, Christian Olea and Dylan Trimble in Web Site Development, Krueger in Word Processing 2.
   During the state competition, students had the opportunity to network and to attend workshops where they learned interview skills, how to make smart career choices, and how to communicate more effectively.
   The Culver FBLA advisors are Kim Bezdek and Darrell Goad; Madras advisors are Bonnie Grote and Camille Harris.
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