WWCHS FBLA Members Send Thanks, Provide Parking Assistance

Washington-Wilkes middle and high school students recently took time out of their business classes to write 300 thank you letters which were distributed before Thanksgiving to soldiers stationed overseas.

The activity was sponsored by the Future Business Leaders of America chapters of both schools to participate in “The Big Thank You,” an annual drive to collect thank you letters to troops organized by “The Bert Show,” a syndicated radio program.

“‘The Big Thank You’ is a way for us to show our appreciation for the ones who are risking their lives daily to make sure we are living without many worries,” said FBLA member and senior Maleekia Wright. “I am glad that these letters will bring hope and joy to those who could not be with their families at the holidays.”

High school FBLA members attended a middle level chapter meeting to assist with their letter writing campaign.

“I was happy that I was able to put smiles on the soldiers’ faces for Thanksgiving and hope they all come home safe,” said middle level FBLA member Destinee Allen, a seventh grader.

The letters also help the high school FBLA members work towards achieving their Business Achievement Awards.

Writing the letters satisfies the pen pal requirement of Future level activity number six.

FBLA members also assisted with parking at Mule Day at Callaway Plantation in October. The students directed about 800 cars in two lots while ensuring the safety of drivers and pedestrians.

“The FBLA students did a fantastic job and were indispensable,” said Doug Abramson, who sits on the board of the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Mule Day Committee. Abramson said students’ job was to direct vehicles in and out of Callaway Plantation and to guide them to open parking spaces, a “pretty complicated task.”

Abramson said the students parked the cars “flawlessly” while ensuring the safety and comfort of all guests. “Most importantly, the students were the first people that visitors saw when they came to Mule Day, and Washington-Wilkes couldn’t have any better goodwill ambassadors than them,” said Abramson. Abramson also serves on the Washington– Wilkes Business Education Advisory Committee.

“I had a great experience helping with parking at Mule Day,” said Anne-Marie Burris. “Working alongside Mr. Abramson and FBLA was a lot of fun.”

Mule Day takes place at Callaway Plantation every October. According to the Mule Day website, people attend to experience the historic, rural farm as it was in its prime. The mule shows, hands- on crafts, food and entertainment keeps the visitors coming to the farm.

This press release was written by students in the W-WCHS Business Communications class. Business Communications is a course in the Business and Technology pathway within the Georgia Career, Technical, and Agriculture Education (CTAE) department. Students in this course practice a variety of written and oral communications skills in the business setting.

Brookwood High School FBLA at RLC

Last month, the Brookwood High School FBLA chapter attended the Region 11 South Leadership Conference at Collins Hill High School! This was an incredible event, and we are proud of all of our chapter members who took the initiative and challenge to compete in competitive events. We are especially overjoyed that so many of our competitors made it on stage and advanced to the State Leadership Conference in Atlanta! Our chapter also won 1st place in total overall membership in Region 11 South!

One of our chapter members, D’nai, says she competed at RLC in Job Interview this year because “I wanted to try something new and I wanted to enjoy my senior year in FBLA doing something that would be beneficial for my future.”

Another one of our chapter members, Josh, competed at RLC in Sports & Entertainment Management because “Last year, I competed in Sports & Entertainment Management at NLC during my first year in FBLA. This year, I wanted to give it another shot, to hopefully advance to NLC again and win big on stage.”

Here is a list of Brookwood FBLA members who advanced to SLC:

Abraham Abai, Max Bradley, Aanjaney Pathak 1st Entrepreneurship

Adiyah Warner 2nd Business Communications

Andrea An 5th Introduction to Financial Math

Arsheen Hamirani 2nd Future Business Leader

Ayaan Panjwani 7th Accounting I

Christopher Smith 1st Emerging Business Issues

Deborah Mativo 4th Introduction to Financial Math

D’Nai Thomas 1st Job Interview

Esha Shah 5th Business Calculations

Javenia Stephens, Louvenia Stephens, Adiyah Warner 1st Business Ethics

Jay Patel 1st Introduction to Financial Math

Jay Patel 2nd Business Calculations

Jeremiah Adeola, Aanjaney Pathak 1st Web Design

Jeremiah Adeola, Sarah Alexander 2nd Emerging Business Issues

Jolie Liu, Sydney Nghiem 1st Hospitality Management

Josh Abraham 1st Sports and Entertainment Management

Josh Abraham 4th Accounting I

Julia Koovakada 3rd Accounting I

Leslie Camacho 8th Introduction to Information Technology

Lyric Franklin 1st Sales Presentation

Mason Jenkins 8th Accounting I

Max Bradley 3rd Business Calculations

Mya Swaby 4th Marketing

Natsenet Asefaw 2nd Client Service

Nikita Shah 5th Business Communications

Nikita Shah 5th Personal Finance

Philena Yang 1st Future Business Leader

Philena Yang 7th Economics

Reagan Patterson 1st Public Speaking

Ryan Leonard 7th Business Communications

Ryan Leonard, Anthea Walker 2nd Sports and Entertainment Management

Safi Saleem 10th Accounting I

Seemi Momin 4th Introduction to Business Communication

Stephen An, Katelyn Hubbard, Anvith Reddy 1st Public Service Announcement

Surya Akella 3rd Economics

​Susan McKibben 1st Accounting I

Susan McKibben 4th Economics

We are very proud that so many of our members will be competing at SLC next month! We hope to bring home more awards as our members compete against the best of the best in our state chapter!

Cook High FBLA Hosts Work-Based Learning Coordinator

Mrs. Jenny Pitts, Work-Based Learning (WBL) Coordinator, was guest speaker at the January 16, 2018, Cook High FBLA meeting. Mrs. Pitts spoke to the members about the WBL program. She explained the steps for getting into the program and what qualifications would have to be met. Mrs. Pitts also talked to the members about interview skills since interviewing for the WBL program is required. She had members pair up and practice handshakes and introductions. They did mock interviews while in the pairs grouping. Mrs. Pitts shared several handouts about interview tips with the students.

The Cook High School FBLA members enjoyed the informal presentation by Mrs. Pitts. Members were able to ask questions and interact with Mrs. Pitts. The members appreciated the opportunity to learn how to present and prepare themselves better for interviews.

Cook High FBLA “Building Bridges”

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a nonprofit education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. FBLA is the largest business career student organization in the world. The State FBLA theme for 2017-2018 is Building Bridges! FBLA is a way to build bridges between high school, community, college, and careers.

The Cook High School FBLA club meets monthly and members enjoy participating in school activities, conferences, and events. Cook High FBLA members have been showing their leadership skills this year by participating in local, region, and state projects and competitions. They have been busy with community and school service projects, showing appreciation to faculty and staff members, and collecting food and toys for the Toys for Cook Kids program. Cook High advisers are Mrs. Lori Carter, Mrs. Jenny Pitts, and Mrs. Marsha Tillman.

FBLA Holiday Joy

On December 13, 2017, Shiloh FBLA had their annual Holiday Social. We enjoyed food, fun , and fellowship. We ate pizza, chips, soda and cake. Many members were in attendance and everyone had a great time. There were a lot of fun games played. We played Taboo, Monopoly, and Jenga. We also had an UNO tournament and other activities. Members were very competitive in the tournament but everyone played fair and had a great time. Students decorated ornaments with their own creative designs. Ornaments were donated to Children’s Hospital. We even had the previous Shiloh FBLA president come back and visit. Our Christmas party is a way for us to celebrate the holiday spirit while reflecting on giving back to the less fortunate.