Bleckley FBLA stormed Bleckley High with a combination of Penny Wars and Blue Jeans for Babies the week of November 13-17. We were super pleased with all of the participation shown by our student body as they went to war raising coins for March of Dimes, learning about the many preventative measures that can be taken to prevent premature birth as well as all of the many things that the March of Dimes does for families in need when struck with a premature birth.
We also celebrated American Enterprise Day making note of the importance of small business and entrepreneurship especially here in our small town. We are very excited to announce that we had a 3-Way tie for winners of most Red, White and Blue for American Enterprise Day and would like to congratulate Jordan S., Brittanie J., and Susan G.
At Fall Motivational Rally held at the Georgia National Fair in Perry, all of Bleckley FBLA’s members in attendance completed a minimum of one test each in the Open Testing Event. We are proud of all of our members efforts in the Open Testing Event this year. However, we are ECSTATIC about the results achieved by Alex N. who placed first in Database Design & Applications and Abbie A. who placed Third in Banking and Financial Systems. Unfortunately our T-Shirt design did not place this year, but we are extremely proud of our design team of Tyler S., Amanda K., and Caitlyn W. for their efforts.
Bleckley County’s FBLA had multiple outstanding members this year. The organization had many members qualify for state competition. Competing in state is an amazing opportunity to see if your skills are strong enough to qualify for nationals. This year we had three members qualify at state to move on to nationals. Two out of the three qualifiers went to Anaheim, California to compete the last week of June and first week of July. The Three qualifiers were Alex N., Allyson B., and William D. Alex was unfortunately unable to attend. Allyson and William however showed outstanding improvements throughout Region and State competitions allowing them to be prepared for the big event. We had many competitors throughout the year, but Allyson and William proved that it was their time to shine!
In July, Bleckley County had six out of eight officers travel to Crisp County High School in Cordele, Georgia to attend our regional FBLA Summer Leadership and Officer Training Summit or SLOTS. The six officers that attended were Emily A., Jordan S., Jillian G., Olivia W., Tyler S., and Caitlyn W.. This summer all of our officers from chapter 4622 learned about their rolls and duties as an officer to prepare to make 2017-2018 a great success. SLOTS helped improve our team strategy and build our team stronger. The officer team is looking forward to a great year! All BCHS students are invited to be a part of our growing organization! Come join the fun at our regular monthly meetings or any of our special events throughout the year.
Mr. Bill Glisson visited BCHS Business classes and FBLA members to present information about Georgia Power and better methods to conserve electricity as well as careers available throughout the company. Some of the methods Glisson taught us were opening blinds and using natural light, unplugging electronics and chargers, taking a shower for the duration of a song or two, and programming thermostats or upgrading to a programmable thermostat. The students were given a Top 10 Energy Saving Tip Sheet. All students were given a Free Energy Saving Kit Order Form equipped with a 9 watt led bulb, a shower timer and energy conservation wheel, and more! We were so thankful to have Glisson come and share his information with us, and as Benjamin Franklin said, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” There are many ways to save money. It doesn’t just have to be the amount you put into a special account each pay check. We can all become wiser consumers and save money for ourselves and our families.