Contact: Dale Fisher, Advisor; Chris Pendleton, Advisor
Hidden Valley High School FBLA
651 Murphy Cr Rd
Grants Pass, OR 97527
School: 541-862-2124
Dale Cell: 541-659-1550
Chris Cell: 541-218-4859

Release July 1, 2013




26 student members along with 9 advisors and chaperones of the Hidden Valley High School Future Business Leaders of America chapter attended the FBLA National Leadership Conference (NLC ) in Anaheim, CA June 24 to July 1 and returned with the school’s 5th and 6th National Champions. In addition, the Mustangs returned home with another 8th place National Award.

For the fourth consecutive year, Hidden Valley FBLA returns from the National Conference with at least 1 National Champion, and for the second consecutive year is one of only two schools in the nation to bring home multiple first place finishes placing them among the elite FBLA chapters in the nation. The National competition, with over 9,000 in attendance, brings together the best students from around the nation to compete in more than 60 events. There are no classifications or divisions, so Hidden Valley with a population of 680 students competes head to head with schools more than 5 times the population.

Hidden Valley’s American Enterprise Project (AEP) team of Mary Ann Ellis, Jordan Gilbert and Rachel Loughran captured gold with their Project BOND (Budget of a New Day) where they visited local elementary schools and taught students about the importance of money management and budgeting with a simulation called Wants vs Needs.

Morgan Hansen, Rilynn Hansen and Cedar Wilkening comprised Hidden Valley FBLA’s Community Service Project (CSP) team that were named best in the nation with the project titled “The Josephine County Foundation.” The students successfully created a nonprofit foundation that is student led and includes an officer board made up of students from six high schools throughout Josephine County. The foundation has already secured funding of $200,000 for scholarships over the next 10 years, funded smaller projects locally while gaining attention through the organization and operation of a free full service vision clinic. The students are staying actively involved by marketing memberships, donations and additional support for the foundation.

Both the AEP and CSP projects include a 30 page written report and 7 minute speech which are judged at the conference. This is the second National championship for the Morgan Hansen, Rilynn Hansen and Cedar Wilkening. Morgan and Rilynn paired to win the National title for Business Financial Plan in 2012 and Cedar was part of the national winning AEP team in 2011.

With an eighth place finish in the event Business Presentation, Bailey McGrill, Haley Musack and Lilli Stephens become the first all freshman team to win a national award for the mustangs. This is quite a feat with some of the very best speakers in the nation at any grade level to compete against.

Once again, Hidden Valley High School FBLA was the top award winner among Oregon Chapters and captured two of Oregon’s four titles. Centennial High School of Greshem and Tualatin High School captured one each. With only 5 of the 26 national competitors for the Mustangs graduating, next year looks promising as well!

For more information please contact Dale Fisher or Chris Pendleton.


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