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Clymer freshman gets first place honors at state business group convention in Rochester
April 28, 2016

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CLYMER - Clymer freshman Daisy Ferguson, granddaughter of Janet and David Waldemarson of Clymer, was awarded the state's highest recognition for a new member of the New York State Association of the Future Business Leaders of America during the Friday, April 15, State Awards Ceremony, concluding the organization's 52nd Annual Convention, which was held in Rochester.

Daisy joined the Clymer Central School chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America this past fall and became actively involved in several community service projects, leadership training opportunities and competed at the tri-county and state levels of competition.

To receive this award, Daisy created and submitted a 10-page report to the State Association's panel of judges that described her participation in the chapter's activities and responsibilities that she assumed during her first year which included working at monthly activity nights, collecting coupons for troops, volunteering at a veterans' recognition breakfast, participating in a holiday food drive for the local food closet, volunteering at two Red Cross blood drives, attending leadership training at the fall district meeting and competing at the spring district meeting.

The report also included a resume and a letter of recommendation from her chapter adviser, Lisa Perry. Daisy was previously notified she had been named as one of the FBLA's top five finalists in this competition, which required her to be interviewed by a panel of judges at the state convention in Rochester. The face-to-face interview was used to determine final ranking of the top five finalists in this event. During the state awards ceremony, Daisy was named the first place winner in this event.

Daisy is Clymer Central School's third first-place winner in this event in the past three years, following in the footsteps of fellow chapter members Emily Perry in 2015 and Taylor Beckwith in 2014.

Lisa Perry stated that these students have all excelled in this event due to their enthusiasm and willingness to invest a great deal of hard work in the chapter service projects and learning activities throughout their first years of membership as well as investing a great deal of time and hard work in report preparation and preparing for their interviews. The Clymer FBLA chapter adviser said, "I couldn't be more proud of Daisy for earning this recognition for herself, her family and her school. When asked by one of the judges why she wanted to earn this distinctive honor, Daisy replied that she wanted to be a positive role model to her younger siblings and fellow students at school. All of Daisy's hard work has certainly been noticed on the local and state levels, and I believe she has in fact accomplished her goal of setting a great example for her siblings and fellow classmates in Clymer. I am so happy for her and proud of what she has accomplished in her first year of membership."

The Future Business Leaders of America is the largest co-curricular career student organization in the world. Each year, FBLA helps over 250,000 members prepare for careers in business. The mission of FBLA is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development, academic competitions, educational programs and community service. The goals of FBLA include developing competent, aggressive business leadership; strengthening the confidence in students in themselves and their work; creating more interest and understanding of American business enterprise, encourage members in developing projects that contribute to the improvement of home, business and community; develop character, prepare for useful citizenship and foster patriotism; encourage and practice efficient money management; encourage and practice efficient money management; encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty; assist students in the establishment of occupational goals; and facilitate the transition from school to work, according to fbla-pbl.org.

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