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July 10, 2017


Former Maplewood Student Takin' Care of Business

"The business of America is business."  

President Calvin Coolidge's proclamation from the late 1920's certainly couldn't have foreseen the modern cyber world, but members of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) are keeping his vision alive. 

Enter Maxx Diebold, who came to South Technical School from Maplewood Richmond Heights High School in the middle of his Junior year.  Most students start in August, but Diebold wasn't aware of South Tech's business network design program, so he applied and was accepted in mid-semester.  His instructor, Michele Myers of Cisco Networking Academy, says Diebold was about six chapters behind the other students, but he worked over his holiday break and joined the program in January. 

"He worked really hard on his own that year trying to catch up," said Myers.  "He caught on quickly and by the end of the year he was ready for his senior year."

That summer Diebold applied for the Summer IT internship at Special School District's Central Office.  He got the internship and worked that summer with the IT department.  When he came back in August, he was ready to go and excited for his senior year.   

"Maxx worked hard his senior year and continued to be a leader in the class," added Myers.  "He and two other students decided to compete in Network Design for our FBLA competition.  There are district, state and national levels.  Network Design is a straight-to-state event so they boys went to state and competed."  

That was in Springfield, MO., where the trio grabbed third place.  From there, it was on to the nationals in Anaheim, CA. during the last weekend in June.  There they competed against other teams from across the country in Network Design.  Unfortunately they did not place in the top 10 at nationals, but they had an "awesome experience" in California.

This summer, Diebold is staying busy back at the IT department of Special School District, where he received the honor of being named Myers' "Tops at Tech" student.  Each shop chooses a top student and is honored with a banquet and award.

Diebold will attend Southeast Missouri State University, studying cybersecurity. 

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.