Grand Valley High sends five to state FBLA convention |

Grand Valley High sends five to state FBLA convention

A grand tradition continues as Grand Valley High School students shine at the recent District 9 Leadership Conference in Grand Junction. The Future Business Leaders of America organization from GVHS sent 25 students to the district conference; 15 of those who attended placed in the top 10. Five students qualified to advance to the Colorado State FBLA Convention, April 17-19, in Vail. Those heading on to the state competition are Luke Braby (business math), Shannon DeVrieze (introduction to business communications), Kurtis Hurt (C++ programming), Shannon Dunn (accounting) and Lindsay Levine (introduction to business communications). They will contend for a chance at the national competition in Orlando, Fla.In the individual events, Lindsay Tonder (public speaking) took 10th place. Rex Cameron (international business), Derrick Romero (business law), Megan Johnson (public speaking) and Whitney Ashcraft (word processing) were recognized for eighth-place finishes in their events. Also, Tiffany Brown (economics) and Danny Manzanares (business math) received accolades for placing seventh.For the team events, Merridy Maybury, Patty Angel and Shannon Dunn placed fifth in the entrepreneurship team competition.Grand Valley High School business instructor and FBLA sponsor Rebecca Hoey is thrilled with the growth she has seen with the FBLA chapter over the last two years.”With a small student body such as ours, I think that having 10 percent of our students participating is an impressive number,” Hoey said.Hoey is particularly proud of the community service that her students have been involved with this year.”My students have done more with community service this year,” she said. “This is something that I would like to see us become more involved with. I don’t want FBLA to just be about competition.”The Grand Valley FBLA chapter has been active with several projects in the community, from organizing a food drive to raising money through the sales of poinsettia plants. Just recently, the chapter organized the high school end of Read Across America, in which 75 high school students took part.Music mentors wantedThe band program in Garfield County School District No. 16 continues to grow. In only the second year since its reinstatement into the curriculum, the program is looking at providing more opportunities for students.In order for band instructor Van Merritt to provide the quality program that he envisions for District 16, the district is searching for a few good mentors.”We would love to see some of our talented community members bring their expertise to our band program,” said Dr. Steven McKee, superintendent of schools.Merritt would like to have the mentors help provide students with more one-on-one interaction. Mentors would work in the classroom with Merritt in various capacities, such as breakout groups for beginners, brass, percussion, etc. If you would like to be a mentor with the Garfield County School District No. 16 band program, contact Van Merritt or Barb Lenard at 285-5705. Sandy Hanson is the public information director for Garfield County School District No. 16. She can be reached at or 285-5701.Sandy Hanson is the public information director for Garfield County School District No. 16. She can be reached at or 285-5701.

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