Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz joined President Bob Chaney, Councilman David Marks, Captain Don Coster, Fire Chief Kyrle Preis, members of the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company (KVFC), state and federal representatives, and community members to break ground Tuesday on the $2.9 million renovation and expansion of Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company.
Baltimore County has committed to supporting the Kingsville VFC with a contribution of $2.5 million. The project will give KVFC extra engine bays, updated kitchen facilities, bunk rooms and locker rooms. The last capital improvements to the station were made in 1985.
The Kingsville VFC was established in 1954 and ran its operations out of a founding member’s barn, located on Goetner Road. In 1956, the existing fire station was built by founding members and neighbors of the community. The company has more than 150 members and is one of the best-performing volunteer companies in Baltimore County.
The KVFC operates two fire engines, one Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance/medic unit, one Heavy Rescue Squad, one large-capacity tanker, one Swiftwater Rescue Team and two support utility vehicles.
Towson, MD – Nine Baltimore County Public Schools students placed in the top 10 in their events at the 75th Annual Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference, held in Anaheim, CA, from June 29 – July 2.
The nationally top-ranking students are:
Shawn Nijjar, Saharsh Buddula, and Neelesh Mupparapu, of Eastern Technical High School – 1st place in Emerging Business Issues (a team event)
Jakob Decker, of Catonsville High School – 4th place in Introduction to Business Communication
Adrian Parker, of Randallstown High School – 4th place in Help Desk
Jordan Davis, of Randallstown High School – 7th place in Public Speaking II
Francis Maglaqui, of Eastern Technical High School – 9th place in Introduction to Business
Daniel O’Donnell, of Dulaney High School – 9th place in Mobile Application Development
Josh Talley, of Dulaney High School – 9th place in Mobile Application Development
In total, 58 BCPS students and seven BCPS advisers were part of the nearly 200 strong delegation from Maryland. The student participants qualified for their national level events by winning at both the regional and state level.They represented Catonsville, Dulaney, Eastern Tech, Hereford, Overlea, Parkville, Patapsco, Perry Hall, Randallstown, and Sparrows Point high schools. In addition to competing, students took part in a variety of leadership development sessions.More than 12,000 students attended the national conference from all 50 states, as well as China, Haiti, and Puerto Rico.
Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA – PBL) is the largest career student organization in the world. Each year, FBLA – PBL helps more than 230,000 members prepare for careers in business.FBLA is a co-curricular organization for business and computer science students.BCPS has chapters at most high schools and has recently installed some chapters at the middle school level.
Next year’s national conference will be held in Baltimore. The Maryland FBLA will be looking for business partners to help judge the more than 70 business and computer science-related events.
More information on FBLA as well as video clips of the winners, when posted, can be found at the FBLA national website.