Four Pacific High School business students were among more than 9,600 high school students who traveled to Maryland to compete for an opportunity to win more than $175,000 in cash awards.

Students Brendan Branson, Preston Daily, Danielle Kessels and Zachary Sutton received national recognition at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Awards of Excellence Program July 1 at the (FBLA) National Leadership Conference in Baltimore.

Participants from across the United States and abroad attended the conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks and participate in more than 70 business and business-related competitive events.

Branson and Daily competed in Computer Game and Simulation and brought home fifth-place honors.

Kessels and Sutton competed in 3-D Animation and brought home first place. Both teams received a trophy and a monetary prize.

The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas.

For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers.

In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational speakers on a broad range of business topics.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school and college chapters worldwide.

Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

The association is headquartered in Reston, Va., just outside of Washington, D.C.

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