Sonoraville FBLA’s Adviser Lisa Smith and President C. Farist recently attended the Junior Achievement (JA) Hall of Fame banquet held on March 30, 2017 at The Northeast Dalton Trade and Convention Center. The event recognized distinct leaders and supporters of the JA program with a ceremony to honor the three individuals, followed by dinner. Farist introduced one of the Hall of Fame award recipients, Mr. John Neal of Dalton, who has contributed so much time and money to this organization and is a very proud supporter. Smith and Farist had the opportunity to network with others who are heavily involved in JA, as well as those who were awarded. Smith has been involved with JA since 1998 and yearly has volunteers to co-teach JA in her classroom.
One of the foundations of FBLA is community service. The central focus of FCCLA is the family. Both organizations encourage the development of individual and group involvement to improve home, business, and community. Berrien Middle School FBLA and FCCLA partnered together in a project that centered on family and community service. They sold lemonade and cookies to support the March of Dimes.
FBLA and FCCLA members baked a variety of cookies for the sale. Chocolate chip, lemon, sugar, double chocolate, and peanut butter cookies were included on the menu. FBLA members also put their entrepreneurial skills to work by creating a lemonade stand. They designed and painted the signage for the stand and created the menu board. They also prepared lemonade and operated the stand during each lunch.
The faculty and staff at Berrien Middle School also supported the March of Dimes by participating in “Blue Jeans for Babies” days. All staff members received a Supporter poster and dressed down to support this worthy cause.
The profits received from the lemonade stand and faculty/staff donations will be presented to the March of Dimes. From polio to prematurity the March of Dimes focuses on researching the problems that threaten our children and finding ways to prevent them. Our local FBLA and FCCLA chapters are helping the March of Dimes fulfill their mission.
Sonoraville High School Future Business Leaders of America recently participated in hosting the Annual Optimist Reality Store. Approximately 575 students from Sonoraville, Gordon Central, and Calhoun High Schools participated in the event. Our schools are committed to seeing that our youth become aware of the importance for all adults to lead balanced, self-sufficient lives. The Optimist Reality Store is designed to encourage teens to think about their future and to help them visualize how their educational and career choices will affect their economic well-being. Participation in the Optimist Reality Store helps students learn about their choices, evaluate their options and plan for their future. We are greatly appreciative of the Gordon Optimist Club’s continued support of this meaningful event.
On March 12, Sonoraville High School Future Business Leaders of America traveled to Athens for the State Leadership Conference. Members enjoyed the fun opening session and were able to meet with some of the other 4,000 members in attendance from across the state. Students participated in constructive workshops, including an interactive session led by state officers detailing how to start your own business while still in high school. In addition to workshops, students advancing from the Region Leadership Conference also competed in their events.
At the awards ceremony, Nick P. received eighth place in Public Speaking I. John G. and Kirsten Y. placed fifth in Banking and Financial Systems in their team event, with John individually qualifying for the National Leadership Conference. Catherine F. placed fifth in Future Business Leader. Alex N. clutched a fourth place win in Public Speaking II, qualifying him to compete at Nationals again for three years straight.
SHS national qualifiers will travel to Anaheim, California at the end of June to compete for national titles.