Three Sherando students heading to the national FBLA competition

Posted: May 2, 2013

The Winchester Star

Sherando High School FBLA students heading to California in June for a national competition are senior Fanzia Bhatty (left), 18, junior Meagan Arnold, 17, and sophomore Kayla Barron, 15. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)

STEPHENS CITY — Three Sherando High School students have qualified to represent the area in the Future Business Leaders of America national competition.

The students are the only three in the region to qualify for June’s event in California after placing in the top two in the state competition on April 13.

Senior Fawzia Bhatty had the highest score in Virginia on a health care administration test, and junior Meagan Arnold and sophomore Kayla Barron placed second at state in digital video production.

Students had about 50 projects from which to choose.

“Just the experience is the best part,” Kayla said.

Preparing for state wasn’t hard for the teens. Meagan and Kayla made their promotional video the day before the competition, and Fawzia admitted she studied “very briefly.”

“I lucked out,” she said. “I have a knack for the medical field.”

Fawzia competed against about 10 people on an hour-long test that consisted of questions about medical terminology, medical assistance and the tasks of a medical assistant.

Meagan and Kayla’s two- to three-minute video promoted the school’s FBLA chapter. The duo was judged based on their use of technology, creativity, audio editing and how well they promoted the organization.

“She’s going to be the next Steven Spielberg,” Kayla said of her partner.

“It’s easy for me,” Meagan said. “I do this stuff all the time.”

The pair is so talented they’ve even hosted a workshop for teachers on how to create video projects.

The national competition is set for June 25 to July 1.

The FBLA is a nonprofit education association with a quarter of a million students who are preparing for careers in business-related fields.

Sherando has 98 FBLA members.

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