Reprinted in part from the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune from April 28, 2016

SUBMITTED BY TONY KINDRED

OROVILLE – Oroville High School FBLA students attended an exceptional state conference in Spokane, Wash. this past week. Exceptional in that two year officer and outgoing state president, Tori Kindred and Vice President, representing the north central region, Ellamae Burnell, would be key players in the management and implementation of the state conference. Also special even though Kindred and Burnell would be exiting their office, that Jennifer Cisneros would be beginning her role as the new Vice President representing the North Central Region. Cisneros will preside over the region for the 2016-17 school year.

With a final word of advice as Washington State Future Business Leaders of America, President Kindred spoke to a group of over two thousand FBLA members and advisers and had these words of advice in her farewell to the membership, “Love who you are, lean on those who love you and don’t be afraid because you are amazing. Washington State Future Business Leaders of America dream big no matter what your obstacles may be and smile even bigger. It has been my honor to serve you, thank you.” Kindred, Burnell, and Mikaela McCoy, as well as Bailey Griffin will travel to national competition. Vice President, Jennifer Cisneros will attend the national conference with the state executive team and will work with her team at the conference.

See the entire story at the Gazette-Tribune in the April 28 Green Edition on page A5.

If you would like to support these upcoming community leaders visit https://www.gofundme.com/2gef5rnx and make yourself proud to be Okanogan. Visit the Washington State Future Business Leaders of America site to learn more about the program.

<p style="text-align: right;"><strong><em>Submitted photo</em></strong></p><p> <em>Those attending the State FBLA Conference in Spokane were (l-r) <strong>Yessica Nemecio</strong>, <strong>Lena Fuchs</strong>, <strong>Elijah Burnell</strong>, <strong>Ellamae Burnell</strong>, <strong>Dakota Haney</strong>, <strong>Tori Kindred</strong>, <strong>Courtnee Kallstrom</strong>, Adviser <strong>Tony Kindred</strong>, <strong>Jennifer Cisneros</strong>, <strong>Mikaela McCoy</strong>, and <strong>Baily Griffin</strong>.</em>

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Those attending the State FBLA Conference in Spokane were (l-r) Yessica Nemecio, Lena Fuchs, Elijah Burnell, Ellamae Burnell, Dakota Haney, Tori Kindred, Courtnee Kallstrom, Adviser Tony Kindred, Jennifer Cisneros, Mikaela McCoy, and Baily Griffin.

The Spring/Summer activities season is in full bloom and it can be a challenge to keep up with what’s happening. If you have an event or activity you would like us to list in our calendar send an email message to our Events Coordinator and let us know what, where, who and anything else you can include. If you’re really industrious you can fill in the form on our Submit Events page.

Cory Pellegrini

Cory Pellegrini

Tree Lighting Caroling - Photo by Joanie Jones

Tree Lighting Caroling – Photo by Joanie Jones

Festivities begin at 5:00pm but come out early and visit with friends and shop!

The Okanagon International Chorus will be performing at the Oroville Christmas Tree Lighting at Centennial Park. The Tree Lighting is a beautiful event that drives away the Grinch, lifts the spirit, and spreads the joy of music. Please come out and celebrate this special holiday event. And sing your heart out!!