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Fife High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) kicked off their annual Job Shadow Day on Feb. 19 at Alpha Graphics in Fife with Congressman Denny Heck. Four FBLA students from Fife High School got an opportunity to see just how business works, as well as practice their upcoming presentations for the FBLA regional tournament, in front of a man who is an expert in speaking: Congressman Denny Heck. The four FBLA students – Savannah Way, Paige Anderson, Kelly Oberbillig and Kasey Hebert – traveled to print and marketing communication experts Alpha Graphics, along with FBLA advisor Christiann Thomas, to get a feel on how a local community business operates.

Scott Dumas, who owns Alpha Graphics with his wife, Linda Dumas, said he was very happy to host Heck and the students. “Anything I can do to help these kids, to show them the business side of things,” he said.

FBLA gives students the ability to see if the business world is where they want to go with their lives, and what better way to find this out than by first-hand experiencing what life is like at a small business like Alpha Graphics.

“It’s a way to look and see what I want to do,” Way said.

The opportunity to make their presentations in front of a congressman allowed the students to feel more prepared for their big speech that Saturday at FBLA regional competitions, and Heck was able to provide feedback that proved valuable.

“For the students, it’s an opportunity to provide relevance and show the importance of FBLA to their future,” Thomas said.

“The Job Shadow Day was created in cooperation with the Fife Chamber of Commerce to connect business students with the Fife community. We hope this opportunity will expand students’ understanding in career fields of interest as well as create a better understanding of the Fife business community,” Thomas said.

Heck listened to a presentation on business ethics from Oberbillig and Herbert, and the advice seems to have paid off, as the team took second at regionals for their presentation.

Meanwhile, Way and Anderson spent time with Alpha Graphics employees, who provided feedback on the students’ digital skills. That advice appeared to help the students out, as Way and Anderson placed third in the digital design and promotion category at regionals as well as second in desktop publishing, meaning they will all move on to the state tournament next month in Spokane.

Heck had a busy weekend in Fife, attending the FBLA regional tournament and the Chamber of Commerce Breakfast on Friday, where he got to put his advice on speeches into practice, as he talked about the importance of small to medium sized businesses like Alpha Graphics.

For more information on FBLA, visit http://fbla-pbl.org/. For more information on Alpha Graphics, visit http://www.alphagraphics.com.

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