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FBLA chapter promotes subdivision as project

Students from the Carbon High FBLA confer during a presentation concerning their project.

Sun Advocate publisher

There are people today who think that kids who are presently in high school are a lost generation, absorbed by pop culture, iTunes and video games on the Internet.

So what else is new? From the bobby soxers in the 40s, to the hippies in the 60s, to the present day, young people have always had their critics. But, each generation rises to the top when needed and future leaders are always there, if one will just look for them.

Take students at Carbon High, for example particularly those that belong to the Future Business Leaders of America. They are interested in the real world, and what is happening. Recently, they worked to promote a subdivision that is being built near Price, called Barred Choice.

"We spent some real time helping to promote this development," said Kelcee Gilson, president of Carbon's FBLA chapter and a senior at Carbon High. She is also the state's eastern region vice president for the organization. "We wanted to let the community know about this development, so we made sure invitations got out and we put together a power point presentation at the kickoff event."

According to the FBLA Web site, the concept for the organization was developed in 1937 by Hamden L. Forkner, of Columbia University. The first high school chapter was chartered in Johnson City, Tenn., in 1942. The FBLA is the largest business career student organization in the world. The high school division has 215,000 members. The FBLA is funded by membership dues, conference fees, corporate contributions and grants. The FBLA National Awards Program recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Through state-based competition at the spring state leadership conferences, students compete in events that test their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners are then eligible to compete for honors at the National Leadership Conference each summer.

The College of Eastern Utah recently hosted the Utah Eastern Region Competition, with 10 schools attending. One of the highlights of the competition was a tour of Intermountain Electronics, east of Price. John Houston, who is affiliated with the company, is one of the biggest boosters of the organization in the area.

"Mr. Houston did the keynote address at our induction ceremony," said Gilson. "We had 220 people on that tour and the company was excited to have them come."

Intermountain also provided judges for the competition. The company designs, engineers, manufactures, and services custom electrical distribution and control equipment for underground mining, surface mining, power generation, oil and gas, refineries, tunneling, utilities, and federal, state, and local governments.

The eastern region competition that was held was the forerunner to the state competition, which will take place soon.

Gilson is required to submit a report to the state organization regarding the high school chapter's activities this year. The subdivision promotion will be one of the highlights.

"We see ourselves working together to benefit not only the chapter but business in the area too," said Gilson.

Gilson also presently works at Intermountain Electronics as an intern, learning about the business. She said the experience has been helpful and, according to Houston, the company has been happy with her and happy to support the FBLA.

"It's a good program and these students work hard at learning about business," he said, early last week, in a phone interview.

The company also has an operation in Kentucky and they hope to get involved there as well.

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