FBLA Takes on State
With every spring comes time for the Future Business Leaders of America to take on the State Convention. This year is March 23 and 24th in Charleston, South Carolina at Embassy Hotel Convention Center. [Advisor of FBLA is Mrs. Lynda Oswald and Mrs. Ramey]
Each year the participants have to go through Districts which were held in Lexington Technology Center of District 4. Some of the different areas of competition are Sports Management, Partnership of Business, Community Service, and Emerging Business Issues. Conner Fowler took 2nd at Sports Management and Jerryd Curry took 4th. McKinley Pippin took 1st in Emerging Business with Paul Liner and Hyuri McDowell. To be considered for State Convention competitors have to place 1st through 6th in their competition. All of the students just listed will be going to Charleston with others who place as well.
This year FBLA officers are: Will Harley- President
Matthew Larry- Vice President
Secretary- Kaylee Gough
Treasurer –Hannah Reese
Other areas of leadership would be Parliamentarian: Graham Shuford, Historian: Alaina Miller, and Reporter: Victoria Long.
FBLA also has an area of competition that works with the community, it is called Project TAB. Will Harley, Hannah Reese, and Matthew Larry are all together working on Project TAB which stands for Teaching Adolescents and adults about Bullying. There is another article on the tyjna.com website by Ricky Baldwin that covers this new project. http://tyjna.com/news/2012/02/14/fbla-labels-bullying-awareness-in-schools-with-a-tab/ [Check this article out!]
Last year in June some of the FBLA students got the chance to go to Nationals and those students were: Maddie Myers, Kyler Childs, McKinley Pippin, Alaina Miller, Kaylee Gough, Will Harley, Paul Liner, and Matthew Watke. It was held in Orlando Florida and they got to do many other activites besides compete. They spent a whole day at Disney World and that is an experience that many students do not get to have on a school event. Paul Liner that “Nationals was the best time that I have had in a long time just being with my friends but also getting a learning experience as well.”
Being in FBLA is not just about competing in events or having meetings after school, these students have made a strong bond with each other. Friendships have been made throughout the conventions and to provide students with the experience of learning and getting to develop new relationships as well.
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