Lake Re­gion FBLA is Go­ing Places

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

New­port, VT

The end of the school year is fast ap­proach­ing and once it does, the Lake Re­gion Union High School FBLA (Fu­ture Busi­ness Lead­ers of Amer­ica) will be headed to Nashville for the Na­tional Con­fer­ence.

One of the group’s tasks this win­ter was to se­lect and nom­i­nate a Busi­ness Per­son of the Year to Ver­mont FBLA. Last month the group nom­i­nated Clau­dio Fort, Pres­i­dent & CEO of North Coun­try Hospi­tal, and Ver­mont FBLA selected him as Busi­ness Per­son of the Year. His name will be en­tered as the Ver­mont nom­i­nee at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence.

In 2013, North Coun­try Hospi­tal and FBLA en­tered into a col­lab­o­ra­tive re­la­tion­ship thanks to the knowl­edge­able high school stu­dents who were men­tors of a Mi­crosoft Of­fice course for hospi­tal em­ploy­ees.

The meet­ing of the minds came out of a need for the stu­dents to raise money to at­tend the Fu­ture Busi­ness Lead­ers of Amer­ica 2013 Na­tional Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence in Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia. The tim­ing was right, as the hospi­tal had just up­graded Mi­crosoft Of­fice Suite from 2003 to 2010, which was a sig­nif­i­cant change for the hospi­tal staff.

Hospi­tal CEO Clau­dio Fort added, “This is a much more mean­ing­ful way to make an im­pact – with our fu­ture busi­ness lead­ers teach­ing adults. It was a win-win for ev­ery­one.”

“I am ex­tremely hon­ored by this award,” Mr. Fort com­mented when the group pre­sented him with the busi­ness leader ac­co­lade at Lake Re­gion. “The stu­dents are re­ally set­ting the bar high with their pro­fes­sion­al­ism and ded­i­ca­tion to the fu­ture work force.”

At June’s na­tional con­fer­ence, FBLA mem­ber Syd­ney Whip­ple will be rec­og­nized as the 2014-15 Pres­i­dent Elect and FBLA leader Betsy Cal­houn, M.Ed., will be rec­og­nized as the 2014 Out­stand­ing Ad­vi­sor.

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