Southern Columbia's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
chapter recorded two historic "firsts" at this year's Regional Leadership Conference and also saw sixteen of its members place in various business and business-related competitions held as part of the day-long conference. "This year we have a first!" stated FBLA Advisor Mrs. Lori Shively
. "Two of our chapter's officers ran for regional office and won! Chase Urban
won for Region 7 Secretary, and Eli Yemzow
for Region 7 President! I am very proud of them both." In addition to securing leadership positions, Eli and Chase turned in award-winning performances in the FBLA competitive events and earned a berth in the state competion. Chase finished Second in the Help Desk
competition and Eli, Fourth in the Business Communication
Marc Yeager and Brooklyn Kuijpers captured First Place awards in their respective events. Marc competed in Advertising and Brooklyn in FBLA Principles and Procedures. Also turning in outstanding performances and moving on to state competition are: Marc Malcoskie: Financial Math, Second; Emma Steely: FBLA Principles and Procedures, Second; Jared Ebersole: Introduction to Information Technology, Second; Jaden Laskoski: Business Law, Third; Katelyn Kuijpers: Economics, Third; Sam Abdul-Al: Help Desk, Fourth; Chloe Wegrzynowicz: Introduction to Business Communication, Fourth; Kennedy Dorman: Introduction to Business Procedures, Fifth; Gabby Kaminski: Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure, Fifth; Reese Houseknecht: Computer Problem Solving, Sixth; Sabin Laskoski: Journalism, Sixth; and Abby Hager: Organizational Leadership, Sixth. Congratulations students on your accomplishments and good luck at states!
Pictured (left to right) are the FBLA members who will be advancing to the FBLA State Leadership Conference Competition: Kennedy Dorman, Katelyn Kuijpers, Jaden Laskoski, Brooklyn Kuijpers, Sabin Laskoski, Gabby Kaminski, Marc Yeager, Chloe Wegrzynowicz, Abby Hager, Eli Yemzow, Emma Steely, Marc Malcoskie, Chase Urban, Reese Houseknecht, Sam Abdul-Al, and Jared Ebersole.
Southern Columbia Area's vibrant FBLA chapter was represented at the Regional Conference by seventy-five students. In addition to the competitive events, the students attended workshops related to entrepreneurship, identity theft, philanthropy, customer service, "marketing yourself," and interviewing skills. "I also want to thank all our members on how they positively represent our school, in both their academics as well as their behavior," stated Mrs. Shively. "I am proud to be their advisor."
FBLA helps students develop leadership abilities, and prepare for entry into, and advancement within, a business or business-related occupation. Members learn how to engage in business enterprise, how to direct the affairs of a group, and how to compete honorably in competitive events. These activities help prepare students to be better employees and better citizens. Great job everyone and thank you for your efforts and participation!