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DCHS students compete at national FBLA conference
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DCHS senior Carson Rider and junior Alysa Reeves recently represented Dawson County at the National FBLA conference. (Photo courtesy of Beth Hamby)

Two students from Dawson County High School recently competed at the National Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) conference, representing their school and their county on a national level. 

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Rider and Reeves traveled to Chicago for the conference, accompanied by FBLA Advisor Beth Hamby. (Photo courtesy of Beth Hamby)

The conference was held in Chicago from June 30 to July 2 and gave students from around the world a chance to hone their business and leadership skills. DCHS senior Carson Rider and junior Alysa Reeves were among the 13,000 students in attendance. 

Rider took eighth place in Networking Infrastructures. During the competition, he was tested on all aspects of network terminology, topology and protocols. 

Reeves took 11th place in Client Services, an event where students are presented with a business scenario that has a problem that needs to be solved and must come up with a solution to it. 

DCHS FBLA Advisor Beth Hamby accompanied the two students to the competition and said that she was incredibly proud of their accomplishments. 

“I am so proud of these students and the way that they represented Dawson County,” Hamby said. “It was a great accomplishment just to earn the right to compete at the international level; however, they both went beyond that and placed in both of their events.”

Hamby added that the students’ success wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Dawson County community. 

“This community has been very supportive of these students, providing multiple donations to get them to Chicago and now they can share in their accomplishments,” Hamby said. “We all really appreciate everyone’s support.  It takes an entire community to do this.” 

In addition to competing at the conference, the students were also able to enjoy their trip to Chicago with an architectural riverboat tour, a tour of the Willis tower and sight-seeing. 

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While in Chicago, the students found time for sight-seeing and exploring the city. (Photo courtesy of Beth Hamby)