April 24th , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

City, county students show they mean business

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Eleven local high school students will travel to Anaheim, Calif. in June, to participate in the Future Business Leaders of America national competition.

Photo by Brandon HicksHappy Valley High students Jacob Ollis (right) and Zach Hall placed 1st and 2nd, respectively, in the Future Business Leaders of America state competition. Ollis and Hall will join 9 students from Elizabethton High School in representing the region in the FBLA national competition.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Happy Valley High students Dustin Ollis (right) and Zach Hall placed 1st and 2nd, respectively, in the Future Business Leaders of America state competition. Ollis and Hall will join 9 students from Elizabethton High School in representing the region in the FBLA national competition.

Two students from Happy Valley High School and nine from Elizabethton High School earned places in the national competition with their efforts at the FBLA state competition in Chattanooga on April 10.

HVHS sophomores Dustin Ollis and Zach Hall placed first and second, respectively, in the introduction to technology concepts division at the FBLA competition.

For Ollis, the trip to nationals is nothing new.

“(Last year at state) in Web 2.0, I won first overall,” Ollis said. “In spreadsheet applications, I got second.”

The Ollis family can take extra pride in the spreadsheet applications result; Ollis came in second to his sister, Brittany.

For this year’s competition, the boys said they felt they scored similarly, though Ollis’ speed may have given him an edge.

“I think he beat me on time,” Hall said. “He averaged about 13.5 seconds per question.”

“I finished in less than 30 minutes,” Ollis said. “I was first out of 45, including us. It was kind of exciting.”

The Elizabethton FBLA earned three first-place wins, and one second, third and fourth place at the state competition.

Kelsi McKamey captured first place in electronic scrapbooking; Taylor Gibson and Kat McQueen won first place in hardcopy scrapbooking and Preston Davis and Josiah Thomasson won first place for digital design and promotion.

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