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Dawson students head to national FBLA competition
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Marley Hamby and Luke Ellis pose with their awards after taking second place in the statewide FBLA competition in March. The two will travel to California over the summer to the national competition. - photo by For the Dawson County News

Two members of Dawson County High School's Future Business Leaders of America club will be heading to California this summer to compete in a national competition after the pair advanced through regional and state level competitions.

Recent graduate and valedictorian Luke Ellis along with rising senior Marley Hamby chose to compete in the area of publication design.

"The two started out competing at the regional level for FBLA in January at Ringgold High School and won first place," said Beth Covington who is the student organization adviser.

The project completed by Ellis and Hamby is essentially a business presentation, according to Covington.

The assignment was to create a publication portfolio, including a poster, character cutout design, newspaper ad and three other promotional products. All of the elements had to have what was considered a "G" rating.

The portfolio was to promote a new TV series or movie.

After winning at the regional level, the pair moved to state competition in March and had to present the project to a panel of judges.

"The judges loved their presentation and they placed second in the state for publication design," Covington said. "Only the top four competitors from the state advanced to nationals."

The national competition will see students from other states as well as international groups from Puerto Rico, China, Brazil and other countries.

Ellis and Hamby are scheduled to present at 11 a.m. on June 30 in Anaheim, California.

Hamby is competing at the national level for the second year in a row. Last year she finished 11th at the national competition.

FBLA is a nonprofit educational association for middle, high school and collegiate students who are interested in careers in business or business education. There are over 250,000 members nationwide.