Southwest Vermont Career Development Center business students earn $8,500 in scholarships

The ten CDC students who participated in the FBLA conference: Franklin Cody, Emilio Stevens, Sarahi Ville, Jack Drew, Riley MacDonald, Austin Buttle, Bethany Hassett, Jonna Loomis, Drew Dunlop, and Breanna Hudson.

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BENNINGTON — A group of students from the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center represented their school well, earning 19 placed finishes and honorable mentions at last week's Future Business Leaders of America state conference.

The competition took place on the 20th and 21st of March and was held at the Lake Moray Resort in Fairlee. In total, 10 students from the CDC attended, according to advisor Neal Hogan, who has been attending the competition with his students for about eight years.

"I'm very proud of the way the students conducted themselves," said Hogan. "The results showed their commitment to their classes at both the CDC and the high school."

In the Business Calculations category, Bethany Hassett came in first place, earning a $2,000 scholarship to Vermont Technical College. Classmate Drew Dunlap came in second place in that category, earning a $1,500 scholarship, and Emilio Stevens received an honorable mention. Franklin Cody earned a $1,000 scholarship to VTC with a third place finish in the category of Economics. Dunlap and Riley Macdonald placed first in Entrepreneurship, earning a $2,000 scholarship to VTC. Hassett also received a $1,500 scholarship to the Quarter Zero Catapult Incubator for her first place finish in Client Service. Jonna Loomis received an honorable mention in that category. The final scholarship received by the CDC students was Drew and teammate Austin Buttle, who received $500 scholarships to Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire for a third place finish in Management Decision Making. Hassett and Loomis received an honorable mention in that category.

In total, the students earned $8,500 in scholarships.

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Other CDC students placing or receiving honorable mentions were Breanna Hudson, who came in second place in Intro to Business Procedures and received honorable mentions in Intro to Business and Intro to Financial Math; Drew, who placed first in Intro to Financial Math and received an honorable mention in Intro to Info Tech; Sarahi Ville, who came in third place in Organizational Leadership; Cody, who received second place in Personal Finance and got an honorable mention, alongside Emilio Stevens, in the category of Sports and Entertainment Management; Finally, Hassett and Loomis received an honorable mention in Hospitality Management.

Hogan said that any students who finished in the top three in a category are eligible to compete at the national level. His students went to the national competition in Los Angeles last year, but haven't yet confirmed that they'll be competing at this year's, which will be held in Baltimore. He said that students who received honorable mentions can also be invited to compete if one of the top finishers cannot.

"Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association of students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields," according to the organization's website. "The FBLA-PBL Mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs."

Derek Carson can be reached at, at @DerekCarsonBB on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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