Brandon Buchanan

Focus: Business and Marketing Education
School: Canyon View High School

Brandon Buchanan is a senior at Viewmont High School. Brandon says, My interest and talents have naturally pulled me towards Career Technical Education classes. I have been fortunate enough to have wonderful teachers to help my knowledge and excitement in this area grow. Accounting has been a major area of focus for me in school, being in my third year of accounting, completing CE Accounting program last year, and participating in the Pilot AP Program this year. I was able to obtain a job at an Accounting firm where I was able to use my knowledge of accounting I had learned in a classroom, and apply it to the real world.

Brandon has been very active in participating in FBLA and DECA. I held VP position in FBLA Soph. and Jr. Years, and currently hold the position of President this year. I have placed both years at state in various events. I am currently VP of DECA, and have already participated in a competitive event, involving a promotional campaign for the Dew Tour event in Salt Lake City, that resulted in a position to attend the DECA National Leadership Conference in Florida. Brandon is president of the school store at Viewmont High School, where he handles everything from operations, management, to the financials of the store. For me, education gives me the basis to experience business in the real world.

McKenzie Bright

Focus: Agricultural Education
School: Cedar High School

When you think of the average farmer, it’s a guy with overalls and with dirty boots. This is what I love. I think the gender thing has no [relevance], because a woman can do just as much as a man can.

Caroline Quinn

Focus: Business and Marketing Education
School: Canyon View High School

Caroline Quinn, a senior at Wasatch High School, has successfully completed multiple business classes including: Computers in Business, Computer Technology, Economics, Marketing, Sports Marketing and Entertainment Marketing, and Accounting. She has earned skill certification in Computer Technology, Economics, and Computers in Business.

Beyond her business classes, Caroline is a very active member of the Wasatch chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Currently, Caroline is president of the Wasatch FBLA Chapter. She has been an FBLA member and chapter officer for three years. Caroline has attended numerous FBLA state leadership conferences, including the spring 2010 conference where she helped Wasatch FBLA win the Most Outstanding Chapter award, for being the best FBLA chapter in Utah.

Caroline has demonstrated her business expertise by earning many awards at region and state FBLA competitions. At last springs state leadership conference, Caroline placed first in Virtual Business, fourth in Parliamentary Procedures and eighth in Business Presentations. In 2009, Caroline placed fifth in Business Presentations at State. She has also participated in regional FBLA competitions earning awards in Principles and Procedures, Intro. to Parliamentary Procedures, Economics, and Business Math.

Caroline is working diligently towards earning an associate degree by the time she graduates from high school, through EDNETa distance learning education program provided through the Utah Education Network and concurrent enrollment classes. “I plan to own and operate my own beauty salon after I finish at the Marinello School of Beauty. I learned many things about operating and owning a business in my economics class last year. This year I am taking accounting, which will help me in keeping good financial records for my business.”