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CV, Freeman qualify to state FBLA

Central Valley and Freeman high school chapters of Future Business Leaders of America recently competed in the FBLA Northeast Region Winter Competition at Faith Bible Church in Spokane.

Around 450 students were judged in a variety of business-related subjects, such as job interviews, network concepts, accounting, public speaking, entrepreneurship, business ethics, desktop publishing and more.

The top five students in each category advance to the state championship in Spokane the first week of April.

The following students from CV qualified: Elizabeth Mansoor, third place in business communication, fifth place in business law, second place in word processing II; Abigail Mansoor, second place in business math, third place in introduction to business communication, first place in public speaking I; Taylor Demars, Shannon Hotchkiss and David Yuan, fourth place in entrepreneurship; Beth Hotchkiss, fourth place in FBLA creed, fifth place in public speaking I; Demars, third place in hospitality management, first place in marketing; Yuan, first place in introduction to business; Derek Bischoff, fourth place introduction to business communication, first place in word processing I; Beth Hotchkiss and Natasha Saric, third place in management decision making; Shannon Hotchkiss and Jordan Jalbert, fifth place in management decision making; Shannon Hotchkiss, third place in marketing; Linnea Hall, third place in word processing I; Cody Bafus, Rachel Burk and Shannon Hotchkiss qualified for their annual business report; Shannon Hotchkiss qualified for state with her business plan.

Other students from CV who competed were Danica Beschta, Sophia Dien, Alyssa Peck, Mariah Plumb, Taptej Sidhu and Derek Vasquez.

The chapter’s adviser is Sherry Johnson.

At Freeman, the following students will head to state: Chelsa Ayers, first place in impromptu speaking, third place in public speaking 2; Tyler Hjaltalin, first place in business law; Josiah Lara and Danica Cramer, first place in desktop publishing; Ben Carasco, Eric Hjaltalin and Zeke Flack, first place in banking and financial systems; Cody Dickinson, first place in computer problem solving and second place in cyber security; Alex Quinnett, Steven Sainsbury and Andrea Zimmerman, second place in global business; Leaira Anderson and Katie Pintar, second place in graphic design; Grace Rudy, second place in hospitality management and fourth place in sports management; Cameron Duckett and Jess Wingett, third place in emerging business issues; Samantha Strothman, third place in impromptu speaking; Brett Sinden, third place in public speaking 1 and fifth place in introduction to business communication; Danny Cossey, fourth place in impromptu speaking; Chelsea Grady and Christina Ramelow, fourth place in desktop publishing; Jenna Lee, Ramelow and Talia Neiman, fourth place in emerging business issues; Kristen Gannon, fifth place in FBLA principles and procedures; Tucker Rudy, fifth place in sports management; Austin Carpenter, fifth place in introduction to technology concepts; Matt Angelis, Silas Uhder and Justice Darcy, fifth place in management information systems; and Greg Ruby, fifth place in technology concepts.

Scott Moore is the adviser of the group.

Board member to step down after term

Cynthia McMullen, a Central Valley School Board member for 24 years, announced at a board meeting Monday that this will be her last year on the board.

“I will not seek re-election in November,” she told the board.

She said she won’t leave the board early, but will finish her term.

“Our school district is poised to go forward,” she said.

St. Mary’s student serves as page

Alex Burrington, an eighth-grader at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Spokane Valley, served as a student page in the Washington House of Representatives in Olympia.

Burrington participated in the legislative process by presenting the flags, distributing amendments and more.

He was sponsored by Rep. Matt Shea, a Republican from Spokane Valley.

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