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DCHS students participate in state Future Business Leaders of America competition
Two students will move on to national competition in June
FBLA state competition April 2022
Left to right: Owen Walls, Ethan Smith, Macy Clark, Carson Rider, Alysa Reeves, and Johnathan Graves. (Photo courtesy of Beth Hamby)

Nine Dawson County High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members recently participated in the state FBLA competition, and two will move on to compete at the national level in June. 

According to a release by the DCHS FBLA organization, senior Carson Rider and junior Alysa Reeves excelled at the state competition and will move on to compete at the national competition in Chicago in June. 

Rider competed in two categories, placing in the top three in Networking Infrastructures, and will be moving on to compete at the national competition in that category. 

“Carson placed second in Networking Infrastructures and sixth in Help Desk,” the release said. “He will be advancing to the national competition in Networking Infrastructures, which is a testing event that covers all the standards and models of network topology.” 

Reeves took third place in Client Services, which is an event where students are presented with a business scenario with a problem that needs to be solved. Students are given 10 minutes to prepare a solution to the problem and present it to the judges, who play the role of a client of the business as the students play the role of a customer service representative. 

“Some of Alysa’s judges’ comments included: ‘Awesome job! You handled the conversation and situation very well. You had solutions and changed them quickly when we weren’t okay with it.’,” the release said. 

In addition to Rider and Reeves, several other DCHS students competed in the state level competition. Sophomore Jonathan Graves competed in Introduction to Information Technology and took 12th place. 

Other state competitors from Dawson were senior Megan Wright in Advertising and Personal Finance, senior Riley Barfield in Business Communications, senior Jacob Hamil in Economics, junior Macy Clark in Human Resources Management, senior Ethan Smith in Personal Finance and junior Owen Walls in Spreadsheet Applications. 

Rider and Reeves are both currently fundraising to help pay for their trip to Chicago in June to participate in the national competition. For more information on how to help the students with their trip, contact FBLA Advisor Beth Hamby at bhamby@dawson.k12.ga.us.