School takes state award for second straight year

For the second year in a row, the Future Business Leaders of America chapter at Centennial High School has been named Class 6A Chapter of the Year in Oregon.

The Centennial group earned the honor at the Future Business Leaders of America State Business Leadership Conference that ran from Wednesday to Friday April 4-6, at the Doubletree Lloyd Center and the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, according to Adriann Spencer, the chapter's adviser at Centennial

'It's just been a really exciting year for our chapter,' she said. 'It's a real testament to the dedication of our students to this program. Kids are really learning and excelling and doing great things for the community and themselves.'

Sixty-eight out of 97 of Centennial future business members competed at the leadership conference, she said. Each competitor participated in two different business events, covering such topics as accounting, community service, financial planning and job interviewing. Of the competitors, 48 Centennial students were recognized for completing the Future Level, and 46 were recognized for completing the Business Level, she said.

Spencer added that Centennial has the most recipients of the Business Level Award out of any school in the country.

Eight Centennial students were recognized for completing the Leader Level: Brittany Calder, senior; Arielle Kornelussen; senior Nikki Livengood, senior; Jordan Melberg; senior, Justin Ottman, junior; Bianca Paul, freshman; Willen Sin, junior; and Julie Ticzon, senior. Except for Paul, the students were all also recognized for completing the America Level.

Twenty-six students will be representing Centennial at the National Business Leadership Conference from Monday, June 25, to Monday, July 2, in Chicago, Spencer added.

At the national conference, Centennial students will compete against other future business members from across the country, participate in business-related leadership development workshops, tour business and corporate facilities and elect national officers. Willen Sin said he wants to be among the officers elected.

'As for my chapter, each member put a lot of time and effort to achieve what they were recognized for,' Sin said. 'Everybody in our chapter was very committed and hardworking, so that is why I believe we were able to be so successful at state this year.'

Brittany Calder, the chapter president, echoed Willen's sentiments.

'Everyone really took pride in the projects that they had been working on, so they really wanted to give it their all at the state competition,' she said.

Brittany said she's enjoyed her experience with the chapter. She adds that she plans on attending Oregon State University and majoring in business management with a possible minor in marketing.

'Once I became active in our chapter, I not only realized that I enjoyed being involved in my school and community, but I also found that I really had a passion for the business field,' she said. 'So by being able to have a firsthand experience in the business world, it has helped me learn important business skills that I will need later on in life.'

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