Students selling ramps to raise funds for trip

ELKINS – Ten Randolph Technical Center students have been cleaning ramps and making ramp butter, ramp salt and ramp dip they plan to sell during the Ramps & Rail Festival Saturday.

The Future Business Leaders Association at the Tech Center has 10 students who qualified to attend the national FBLA Conference in Nashville June 28-July 3. The students are hoping to raise funds through the sale to offset the cost of their trip.

During the West Virginia FBLA State Leadership Conference, which took place on March 31 and April 1, students competed to earn the right to go to the national contest. Those qualifying to compete this summer in Nashville are Daniel Toney, who placed first in electronic career portfolio; Kaylynne Goins, Hannah Toney and Micah Toney, who placed first in digital design and promotion; Talladega Pennington, who placed second in business math; Tess Betler, who placed third in public speaking; Madison Collett, who placed third in electronic career portfolio; Trent Cooper and Will Gongola, who placed third in computer game design and simulation; and Ryan Mullennex, who placed third in economics.

“I am really proud of our students because they put in hours of work to prepare for their competitions,” said Denise Stalnaker, FBLA co-advisor. “They will represent our area and state well at the national level.”

Randolph Technical Center Director Don Johnson said he was proud of the students’ performance.

“It is an honor to have 10 out of 14 students qualify for the national competition from our center,” Johnson said. “I am sure they will work to represent our center and state to their best of their abilities.”

The group will sell their wares Saturday at their stand located in the Elkins Railyard.