Members from the Emanuel County Institute FBLA Chapter travel to Athens, Georgia to attend the Fall Leadership Conference.

Recently, twenty-three Emanuel County Institute FBLA members traveled to the Fall Leadership Conference held in Athens, Georgia on November 15-16 at the Classic Center. On this trip, members were able to participate in many fun activities, such as team building and problem solving at Escape the Space and touring the downtown Athens. Aside from the fun and touring of Athens, FBLA members were given the opportunity to attend different leadership workshops, meet new people, prepare for competitions, and even play Monopoly against other FBLA chapters! While at the Classic Center, all members and advisers attending were able compete for the Statesman Award and Battle of the Chapters. Students receiving this honor were Kati-Brooke Hooks, Sarah Beth Kersey, Caroline Kraus, Calissa Mason, Molly McBride, MacKayla Oglesby, Roesha Passmore, Kendra Pierce, Andrea Pullen, Lauren Sherrod, and adviser, Mrs. Jessica Smith.  The Battle of the Chapters team consisted of Breana Librizzi, Kati-Brooke Hooks, and MacKayla Oglesby. During the general session, those in attendance were able to listen to an awesome guest speaker, Stephen Mackey. Mr. Mackey travels the country speaking to multiple groups.  He was born a hard life but proved that that with hard work and the right attitude anything is possible.  He stated to the group that, “If you don’t hear opportunity knock, build a door for opportunity to knock on!”  All members had a great time at the conference and are excited for the upcoming competition season!  Also attending the conference was chaperone Mrs. CeCe Pullen.

 

 

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Front row (l-r) Calissa Mason, Roesha Passmore, Kati-Brooke Hooks, Maddie Grimm, BaileySanders, and Olivia Canady. Second row (l-r) Leanne Wright, Andrea Pullen, Madison Murphy, Beana Librizzi, Zade Anna Williford, Morgan Rehberg, and Molly McBride. Back row (l-r) Jessica Smith, Elijah Worthen, Caroline Kraus, Sarah Beth Kersey, Kendra Pierce, Zera Edenfield, Lauren Sherrod, Abigail Cowart, and Miranda Wilkerson.

ECI Attends FLC

Members of the Emanuel County Institute FBLA Chapter travel to Athens, Georgia to attend the Fall Leadership Conference.

 

Recently, seventeen Emanuel County Institute FBLA members traveled to the Fall Leadership Conference held in Athens, Georgia on November 16-17 at the Classic Center. On this trip, members were able to participate in many fun activities, such as team building and problem-solving at Escape the Space and touring the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium. Aside from the fun and touring of Athens, FBLA members were given the opportunity to attend different leadership workshops, meet new people, prepare for competitions, and even play Monopoly against other FBLA chapters! While at the Classic Center, all members and advisers attending were able to compete for the Statesman Award and Battle of the Chapters. Two students, Jazmiyun Wilson and MacKayla Oglesby, and adviser, Mrs. Jessica Smith, earned the Statesman Award. The Battle of the Chapters team consisted of Abigail Cowart, Jenna Hinson, and MacKayla Oglesby. During the general session, those in attendance were able to listen to an awesome guest speaker, Mr. Bill Cordes. Mr. Cordes educated FBLA members and advisers on leadership, responsibility, and led the audience to believe that you only get out what you put in, or YOGOWIPI. ECI FBLA also received recognition for placing third in the Banner Competition. All members had a great time at the conference and are excited about the upcoming competition season!

Emanuel County Institute Attends Rally

Forty-nine FBLA members from Emanuel County Institute attended the Georgia FBLA Fall Motivational Rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds on Thursday, October 13. The local group joined over 9,000 Future Business Leaders of America members from across the state of Georgia for a day of motivation, networking, and competition at the largest gathering of Georgia FBLA members in history.

The motivational part of the Rally was led by Alex Sheen, who began the social movement Because I said I would. This is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the betterment of humanity. Their mission is to strengthen humanity’s will. Because I said I would encourages and supports making and keeping promises to end suffering, establish peace, and build happiness.  He challenged the students to get involved and make a difference not only in their own lives but the lives of others.

Members also competed in t-shirt design, banner design, and a variety of testing events.  Results will be provided at the Fall Leadership Conference in Athens this May. Afterwards, the students were able to enjoy the activities that the fair offered.

High school members who attended were Kaci A., James A., Rose B., Jasmine B., Jullian C., Telia D., Alana D., Mia E., Brianna H., Jenna H., Perez H., Caroline K., Samantha L., NyKera L., Luz L., Marissa M., Nia M., Lani M., Abby M., Mackayla O., Roesha P., Kendra P., Niesha R., Kristin S., Chrishalae W., Miranda W., Austin W., and Leanne W.

 

Middle school members in attendance were Addison A., Nikayla B., Olivia C., India D., Diamond D., Mackenzie D., Marlana G., Brooke H., Alaya H., Sarah Beth K., Breana L., Emma M., Elizabeth M., Morgan R., Semya S., Myia S., Zayna T., Karmen T., and Jamariya T.

 

Local FBLA adviser Jessica Smith accompanied the group to the Rally.

Emanuel County Institute Holds New Member Induction

On Wednesday, September 14 the Emanuel County Institute Future Business Leaders of America held its annual new member and officer induction ceremony.  Mrs. Jessica Smith, Adviser, welcomed everyone to the ceremony and began to install the new officer team for the 2016-2017 school year.

The candle ceremony was an important part of the evening with each being lit by its prospective officer and the meaning of the candle and officer’s duties explained. Each new officer pledged to fulfill her duties and obligations to make ECI FLBA a great club.  The new officers are MacKayla O., President; Lexie C., Vice President; Abigail C., Junior Adviser; Rose B., Service Chairman; Regan J., Zera E., Treasurer; Kendra P, Reporter; Caroline K., Historian; and Ansley M., Parliamentarian.

The guest speaker of the night was Mrs. Alex Salmon. Mrs. Salmon graduated with honors from Swainsboro High School in 2011. While at SHS she was very active in her FBLA Chapter as well as at the state level.  Mrs. Salmon served her junior and senior years as a state officer.  Since graduation, she has received an Associate’s Degree from East Georgia State College, and plans to graduate next year with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Kennesaw State University.  Mrs. Salmon is employed with Nordson Corporation.  She resides in Statesboro with her husband and daughter. Mrs. Salmon told everyone how FBLA influenced her life during her years of high school and after. She really encouraged the officers and the members to get involved in FBLA.  After Mrs. Salmon’s speech, all of the new members were inducted. Refreshments were served.

ECI Attends Nationals

ECI FBLA member, Autumn Jordan, and club adviser, Jessica Smith, attended the FBLA National Leadership Conference June 28-July 2 in Atlanta, GA. The chapter won awards and participated in numerous events which made National Leadership Conference a very enjoyable and successful experience.

During the conference, Jordan participated in the competition of Public Speaking II. She did an outstanding job representing Emanuel County Institute.   The chapter was awarded the Hollis and Kitty Guy Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit.  This most prestigious award recognizes outstanding local chapters that have actively participated in projects and programs identified with the goals of FBLA

While in Atlanta, Jordan and her adviser enjoyed various activities including a visit to Stone Mountain to view the laser show, a Braves ballgame that ended in fireworks, and The World of Coca Cola.