Bleckley High Attends SLOTS

Bleckley County High School Future Business Leaders of America officers attended Summer Leadership Officer Training Summit (SLOTS) in Cordele and Cummings Georgia in July. SLOTS is a time for officers to work together to plan for the coming year pinpointing goals, advancements, expansions, recruitment and the like. These young ladies worked together to identify areas of service, education, leadership and progress that they wanted to focus on in the coming year.

This group of ladies works amazingly well with one another and we are super excited for the year to come. Co-President Olivia W., Vice-President Amanda K., Secretary Sophie K., Treasurer Alexis B., and Reporter Cassidy S. all attended the SLOTS in Cordele, Georgia on Tuesday and Co-President Maisi C. attended SLOTS in Cummings, Georgia. This group of officers has a lot planned for the coming year and all BCHS students who are interested in the world of Business or finding their place in an organization are welcome to visit us at visitation. We will be set up in the Commons area. You do NOT have to be in the Business Pathway courses to be a member. Come join us for the many adventures planned for the coming year!

The FBLA mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. We bring our mission to life through the application of our motto: Service, Education, and Progress.

FBLA is an integral part of the Business program and pathway at Bleckley County High School. We are hoping to grow our membership greatly this year. There are many opportunities for students to find their talents and gifts and use them for the betterment of their future and career plans. Students have the opportunity to go to a variety of Leadership Conferences and competitions throughout the year. As students move beyond state and head to national level competition they have opportunities to travel, meet people from around the world, network with a variety of fellow students, and take their competitive spirits to a whole new level!

2019 BCHS Royal Reverse Pageant

The Bleckley County High School Career and Technical Student Organizations of FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, and HOSA came together to raise money for the student organizations and for Buddy Ball, a community program very dear to them all. The Second Annual Royal Reverse Pageant was held on Friday, May 10 at Bleckley County High School Auditorium. We had a myriad of contestants participate in the event. We were very honored to have Representative Danny M., Ellen M. along with Jordy G. served as our judges for the event. We had over 20 contestants from the Bleckley County student body participate in this event.

Through the People’s Choice Award voting we were able to raise $484.00 for our local Buddy Ball program at the Cochran Bleckley Recreation Department. All other proceeds go directly to the CTSO programs at Bleckley County High School to assist students with monetary needs for conference, competitions and organization activities.

We were honored to have Walt P. and Lonnie G. emcee the evening. Little Miss Bleckley County Forestry Queen, Colleen T., assisted with individual awards and the crowning of our winner.  Coming in as 3rd Runner Up was Sapphire Sparkle, 2nd Runner Up was Star Child, 1st Runner Up was Talicious and our Royal Reverse Queen was Diamond Sparkle.

 

Pictured L to R: Talicious, Diamond Sparkle, Star Child, and Sapphire Sparkle.

 

Pictured Back Row L to R: Olivia W. FBLA Co-President, Jordy G., Representative Danny Mathis, Ellen M.. Front Row L to R: Sophie K., FBLA Secretary and Maisi C., FBLA Co-President.

Bleckley High FBLA Officers Named Region 5 Officers for 2019-2020

Bleckley County High School is excited to announce that Olivia W. and Maisi C. have been selected as Region 5 Officers. Olivia W. is the daughter of Amy and Kevin W. and has been a local FBLA officer for 3 years. She is active in her church and community as well as playing soccer for travel team(s) and BCHS Royals. Maisi C. is the daughter of Dani and Rob D. and Andrew and Charlsie C.. Maisi has been an FBLA member for 2 years and an officer for 1 year at BCHS. Maisi is on the BCHS Academic Team, BCHS Royals Tennis Team, and is active  in her church and throughout the community.

Congratulations, ladies!

BCHS FBLA Names 2019-20 Local Officers

Bleckley High FBLA is very excited to announce our local officers for the coming year! Olivia W., Maisi C., and Amanda K. are returning officers from this past year. New officers are Sophie K., Alexis B. and Cassidy S. who were standout members this past year. These young ladies will be attending Summer Leadership Officer Training Seminar this summer in Crisp County and we are VERY excited about the upcoming year and the great leadership that we will have with these ladies!

Congratulations!

Bleckley High National Winners

On June 27, 2019 Bleckley County High School FBLA members Maisi C, Jillian G, and Jordan S along with Adviser, Melissa Barker, Chaperone, April G and team Mascot, Jackson G ventured to Atlanta to take a flight to San Antonio, Texas to compete at Nationals. After three flight delays and a gate change, we finally boarded our flight to San Antonio. This was the first flight ever for two of the young ladies and the first in nearly 15 years for the other, We had a great flight and arrived at our La Quinta destination just in time to crash hard for the night or at least I thought so. Several of these ladies stayed up late to study for their exams.

For the next couple of days it was nothing but studying, eating, and very short adventures. They were very focused on their competitions. Hours each day were spent in the study room. On Saturday, Jillian and Jordan took their exam knowing that they would not hear anything before Monday morning at 5 am. Sunday morning, Maisi took the second part of her exam knowing she would have to wait until Tuesday night to hear anything. Maisi actually started her testing for Nationals in May. She had to complete tasks and create files using a multitude of Microsoft Office Suite programs. They all left their exams feeling a little worried because they were so confident. We spent Sunday afternoon enjoying a boat tour of the San Antonio River Walk and walking over to the Alamo. The area is rich in history and is quite beautiful. It was hot there, but nothing like Georgia humid hot! Maisi, Jillian, and Jordan each attended a preliminary voting meeting and Southern Region Meeting where they were recognized and received their pins for reaching the Community Service Achievement level for FBLA which means they each had earned 500 plus hours of service to their community. We are super proud of them for achieving this as giving back to the community is very important to our organization.

Alarms were set for 5 am Monday morning and for what seemed like forever the site was inaccessible due to the massive number of students checking to see if they had made finals. By 515 am we were in the study room with Jillian and Jordan prepping for their Finals round. We were so ecstatic to see Bleckley County listed on the Finals sheet! Jillian and Jordan had a total of 3.5 hours before they needed to report for their presentation. In the Finals round of Hospitality Management, members are given a case study topic where they have to prepare a speech with solutions and alternatives as a response to a case study. Following the speech, they had to be available for questions from the judges’ panel. Playing on their strengths, they divided and conquered their presentation. They felt surprisingly well about the job they had done.

The best way to really start the day after a 5 am wakeup call was a trip to Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas. The largest water park in North America seemed like a great way to celebrate jobs very well done by the ladies and to celebrate the 5th birthday of our favorite fella on the trip, Jackson. He turned 5 in Texas! We all loaded into the rented minivan and headed out for a day of fun in the sun. If anyone heads out to Schlitterbahn, be prepared for the not so lazy river! It had thrills! Most of us enjoyed Texas BBQ for lunch. The BBQ tacos were awesome. After an exhausting day of final rounds and Schlitterbahn fun we ended the day with what we were told was an absolute must, A Whataburger meal. I was surprisingly impressed!

Our final day of the conference began with a relaxing morning sleeping in for the first time the entire trip. We then went to Fogo de Chao for lunch. It was fun, interesting and something we had never experienced. After a lengthy lunch, we moseyed around for a bit before getting ready to find out the final results! We had completely tuckered out Jackson, so he napped most of the way through the awards program. April and I were on the edges of our seats just like our young ladies. We had full confidence in their ability to do well. Finally, Computer Applications was called to the stage and so was Maisilyn C! There were only three competitors left on the stage and they were all from Georgia! Maisilyn was awarded  2nd place in the Nation and received a $200 award as well. We were so ecstatic and proud! Then the waiting continued. It was a long way from C for Computer Applications to H for Hospitality Management, but we made it. Finally, Hospitality Management was called and guess what, so were Jillian G and Jordan S. They headed off to the stage to receive their award; we just did not know what place they had earned yet. Jillian and Jordan were announced as 5th in the nation. We were so ecstatic. They each also received a $50 monetary award. We were extremely ecstatic but too exhausted to go to the celebration dance or eat supper.

On Wednesday, everyone lazed a bit while I took care of the rental to get us to Austin. On our journey out, we stopped to visit the World’s Largest Cowboy Boots and decided we needed a celebratory lunch for all the hard work put in by these ladies. Therefore, we located a Cheesecake Factory in Austin near the airport for lunch. Another new experience for most of the party! After lunch, we headed to the airport with a little wiggle room in our time schedule. After arriving and moments before time to board our flight, we were delayed two hours. Just moments later, we were delayed again for an additional 45 minutes. We were beginning to think that we were not going to make it out of Austin! After finally boarding the plane nearly three hours after our initial flight time, we quickly realized there were many empty seats. We could have each had our own row it was so empty! After what seemed like an eternity of travel, we finally arrived in Atlanta, located our vehicle and headed home without any other travel problems.

We would especially like to thank the many sponsors in the community who made this trip possible. Without you, we would not have been able to make the journey to San Antonio and bring home all of the awards that we did.