Cain has taught at Viola for 30 years, 28 of which she has been the FBLA advisor. She was named as Arkansas FBLA Outstanding Local Adviser for 2008-2009 at the State Leadership Conference in Little Rock on April 7 and 8.
Each year, this award is given to an advisor in each state and that person represents their state at the National Leadership Conference. This year, Cain will represent Arkansas at the conference which is being held in Anaheim, Calif., this summer.
"I am honored to represent Arkansas and the Viola Chapter at the National Leadership Conference," Cain said. "It is an honor to be walked across the stage at the conference."
Cain's success as an advisor shows through her students, one of which is the State Secretary for FBLA, Kirstin Montgomery. There were 11 Viola FBLA students who attended the State Conference, four of them placed in competition.
Cain said there are at least 100 competitions in FBLA. Performance, where the students are judged in public speaking, impromptu speaking and parliamentary procedure, is just one of the many categories students compete in. There are also written competitions which include business law, business communications and accounting.
The 11 students who went to the state conference attended the general session, workshops and participated in the March of Dimes walk.
Individually, Montgomery conducted a workshop on employment.
Viola's delegates were Daniel Bailey and Morgan Crow, who along with Samantha Craven were also workshop coordinators.
Elisabeth Collins, a senior, placed second in computer applications. Collins also qualified to attend the National Leadership Conference this summer. Mark Valente, a junior, placed third in database design and applications. Montgomery and Craven, both seniors, were named to "Who's Who" in FBLA.
"Many of our students here at Viola have competed and placed at National Conferences," Cain said. "I hope that I have been able to encourage them to use their talent and abilities to realize their potential."
FBLA is a non-profit organization of high school, middle school and college students as well as professional members who primarily help students transition to the business world. It is the largest student-run business related organization in the world with 253,365 members.