ECI Attends SLC

Fifteen ECI FBLA members attended the Georgia FBLA State Leadership Conference in Atlanta March 22-25, 2018.  Congratulations to FBLA members for a very successful State Leadership Conference.

During the conference, members competed in various events as well as attended numerous leadership classes.  Members also served as assistance in competitive events.  The chapter received awards that included: being named a Superior Gold Chapter in the Chapter of the Year program.  Then was named 3rd overall chapter in the Division 2 of Chapter of the Year program.  The chapter also received 5th place for Largest Market Share Award.

The following members were awarded:  MacKayla Oglesby, Kati-Brooke Hooks and Breana Librizzi, 2nd place Local Chapter Annual Business Report; Calissa Mason and Lauren Sherrod, 1st place Community Service Project, and Sarah Beth Kersey 1st place Introduction to Public Speaking. While at the conference MacKayla Oglesby, was recognized for serving as a Region 4 Officer and receiving the Leader Level in the Business Achievement Awards program.  Oglesby also was a recipient of the Dr. Russell Mercer Who’s Who in FBLA Scholarship.  She placed 4th in the interview portion.  Oglesby received a monetary award to apply towards college.   Six members qualified for Nationals the summer in Maryland.  Mrs. Smith stated, “I am extremely proud of this group of students, they have worked very hard to ensure success in their competition!”  The group was accompanied by Mrs. Jessica Smith, adviser, and Mrs. CeCe Pullen.

Pictured 1st row left to right: Breana Librizzi, Lauren Sherrrod, Kati-Brooke Hooks, Sarah Beth Kersey, Mattie Grimm, and Olivia Canady.

Pictured 2nd row left to right:  Mrs. Jessica Smith, MacKayla Oglesby, Molly McBride, Kendra Pierce, Taylor Radford, Morgan Rehberg, Andrea Pullen, and Catarin

Bleckley FBLA has Successful SLC Experience

The Bleckley County High School FBLA chapter attended State Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia March 23-25, 2018.  SLC is the Leadership Conference where FBLA members throughout the state witness the culmination of all efforts made by Chapters, individuals, and teams throughout the year. Students not only continue competitions at SLC but also have the opportunity to attend leadership workshops provided by other chapter’s members as well as become presenters of their own workshops. Our FBLA representatives consisting of officers and members presented a workshop to members throughout the state entitled Great Expectations to Great Destinations. In this workshop our students discussed the many aspects of travel etiquette dos and don’ts such as common traveling courtesies, proper tipping habits and amounts, elevator manners, being a good neighbor in a hotel environment, how to act in a workshop or conference room setting and more. AS always our Bleckley County students make us proud! We have such awesome students in Bleckley County!
Attending the conference this year were advisers Melissa Barker and Julie Hutto, and members: Back row L to R: Olivia W, Caitlyn W, Tyler S, and Alex N. Center Row L to R: Shy C, Naomi R, and Emily A. Front Row L to R: Jordan S, Amanda K and Jillian G.
Recognized as an outgoing Region 5 Officer was Tyler S. Tyler has served for 2 years as a Region 5 Officer. Attending Region Officer Training Part I at the conference were upcoming Region 5 Officers Jordan S and Jillian G.
Recognized as Region 5’s Who’s Who in FBLA was Tyler S.
Recognized for completing the America Level of the Business Achievement Awards was Jordan S.
Congratulations to all of our FBLA members who competed at the State Level this year. All of our members did an excellent job and we had quite a few who were real standouts at SLC.
Congratulations to the following high achievers: Tucker F placed 10th in state in Agribusiness. Juliet C placed 8th in state in Journalism. Alex N placed 6th in state in Database Design & Application. Tyler S, Jordan S, and Caitlyn W placed 2nd in state in Monopoly Tournament. Allyson B placed 1st in state in Spreadsheet Applications.
Allyson B will have the opportunity to attend and compete in Nationals in Baltimore, Maryland this summer.
There are three main levels of achievement that a chapter can achieve each year starting at Bronze, then Silver, and finally Gold. Those chapters who make it to Gold have the opportunity to rise even higher to be included in the Superior level which means that your chapter ranks top 10% in the state. Of those top 10% chapters, the top 10 are then ranked. This year was the first year that large schools were separated from smaller schools. There were two separate divisions this year. Division 1 consisted of those schools that were 1000 or fewer students and Division 2 consisted of those schools that had greater than 1000 students.
As a chapter each year, we strive for Gold level. This year we were recognized as a top 10% chapter in the state giving us Superior Gold Chapter recognition. Our chapter was very successful this year and placed 5th in state for overall Chapter of the Year. We are VERY happy with the success of our chapter and will continue to strive for even better results next year.
A special thank you to everyone in the community for all of your support throughout the year. Supporting our RoyalPrint class and chapter business makes it possible for competition, conference attendance and travel to be affordable for all of our students.

Green named Region 5 Officer for 2018-19

Congratulations to Bleckley County High School student, J. Green, on her selection as an FBLA
Region 5 Officer for the coming year. J. Green is a junior at BCHS and is currently holding the position as
Co-President for the local FBLA chapter. In her two years in FBLA, J. Green has really shone as an up and
coming leader not only in FBLA but among her peers as well. J. Green is the daughter of April and James
Green. J. Green has completed her Future and Business level award levels in the FBLA Business
Achievement Awards and is currently working on her Leader Level Award. J. Green also donates much of
her time to the community and has achieved her Community Service Awards at the Community and
Service level and is currently working towards her Achievement level. Congratulations, J. Green! Your FBLA
family is super proud of you and looks forward to what the year ahead holds for you in FBLA and your
Senior year.

Getting Ready for SLC

The 2018 Georgia FBLA State Leadership Conference is right around the corner! This year we will be in beautiful downtown Atlanta. I am sure that as many of you prepare for your competitions and projects you are wondering what you need to know before you leave for the SLC. Well first things first make sure that you start preparing as soon as possible because the competition will be higher than ever! Begin utilizing specialist in your school as well as your advisor to prepare for speaking, testing, and projects in real world scenarios. There are many prompts and examples for each competition that you can find online and use at no cost to you. The SLC will be crazy and fast paced so make sure that when you step in the door all you have to do is make your final preparations. Be sure to pack any toiletries and clothes you may need 3 days before you are to leave for Atlanta. Review the dress code and make sure you have everything you need so that you do not get a point deduction. Finally, relax! It is going to be a fun and exciting experience that you won’t soon forget so don’t forget to enjoy yourself and have fun! Good luck to all of you!

 March of Dimes Speaks to SHS FBLA

Our Chapter Officers divided and conquered last spring to help the March of Dimes, an organization designed to raise awareness about and help premature babies and their families . We attended the March of Dimes kick off to receive information about the program and to plan our goals for the year. We also attended the annual walk and helped set up the infrastructure. As usual, our goal was met and the walk was a success. The purpose of this community service project was to help raise money and support for the March of Dimes.

Kirby Lewis-Hobba, a representative for our region, came to share useful information about Prematurity Month and this year’s walk.

Our SHS FBLA Chapter believes in this mission and raises funds for the March of Dimes each year, building bridges from a present of opportunities to a future of success.