WTI students win awards in business skills contest
By PAULETTE LASH RITCHIE
© St. Petersburg Times, published March 1, 2001
INVERNESS -- Six Withlacoochee Technical Institute business students recently competed in the Future Business Leaders of America District Competition. Students from 14 high schools in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties participated.
All six WTI students placed in the FBLA competition, which tests business skills.
Audria Coleman placed first as a future business leader and Erica Shields earned a second place in the same contest. They were required to submit a resume and cover letter, be reviewed by a panel of judges, and complete a test on business applications, such as accounting, economics, business procedures and communications.
Christine Rabideau won a first place in multimedia presentation and Audrey Gibson won that category's second place. They had to give a PowerPoint presentation using graphics, animation and sound clips.
Crystal Doerr received a fifth place for job interview and Jessica Wessel won a seventh place. These students submitted resumes and cover letters, were interviewed by a panel of judges and filled out applications.
WTI accounting instructor and FBLA adviser Angela Williams explained that FBLA is a co-curricular organization that enhances leadership and career skills learned in the classroom. Her current group has eight members.
"It's a really good group," she said. And, referring to the ones who participated in the contest, she said: "That was their day. They put so much work into it."
The activities in which the WTI FBLA participates include a lot of community service projects. They helped Citrus Abuse Shelter Association with fliers and collecting personal items on its wish list. They are collecting and preparing personal hygiene items for fair workers. They collected toys for a family at Christmas and participate in fundraising for March of Dimes, which FBLA supports nationally. The group also goes on field trips to learn about community businesses.
Williams has high school and post-secondary students and she has only praise for them.
"I have the best students," she said. "It's wonderful. They're eager to learn. They're glad to be here. They learn so much."
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