Sonoraville’s March for Babies benefits March of Dimes

The annual March of Dimes March for Babies event will be held on April 30 at BB&T Park in conjunction with BBQ Boogie and Blues Festivities. The March for Babies event is the March of Dimes’ biggest fundraiser every year.  The proceeds go to preventing premature births by educating mothers on the importance of carrying to full term and funding research for treatments for birth defects and consequences of premature births.

Debbie Cloer (this year’s chairperson) visited Sonoraville High School and educated students in business classes and members of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) on the March of Dimes organization, explaining its purpose and what students can do to help. Students played bingo to learn more and they received donation buckets to help with fundraising efforts.  The business students determined the goal to be $25 per student.  In the past, SHS FBLA  has raised more than $1,900 to help March of Dimes.  FBLA members and business students will also volunteer at the walk to support the cause. If you are interested in making a donation to the SHS Business Team/FBLA Team, please contact


(Photo is of Ms. Debbie Cloer)

Two Sonoraville FBLA Members Complete America Level

Sonoraville High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members Catherine Farist, a junior, and Mikayla Whitfield, a senior, have completed the final level of the Business Achievement Awards (BAAs), the America Level. They are two of less than ten members at Sonoraville High to have ever achieve this accolade. It took hours of dedicated work, from ten page reports to describing the benefits of joining FBLA. Select students within the state, and even the nation, ever complete this achievement.

For this achievement, Farist and Whitfield automatically receive an invitation to experience the FBLA National Leadership Conference. The conference will be held in Atlanta during the last days of June and the first days of July.

ECI FBLA Attends State Conference

Thirteen ECI FBLA members attended the Georgia FBLA State Leadership Conference in Athens March 6-8, 2016.  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.  The chapter received awards that included:  being named a Gold Chapter in the Chapter of the Year program and 2nd place Largest Market Share Award.

The following members were awarded:  Loreal Curtis, Mackayla Oglesby and Joe Williams, 6th place Local Chapter Annual Business Report; Autumn Jordan, 3rd place Public Speaking.  Jordan qualified for Nationals the summer in Atlanta.  Mrs. Smith, ECI FBLA Adviser, stated, “I am very proud of this group of students, they have worked very hard to ensure success in their competition!”

Hillgrove FBLA Wins Big with the Atlanta Hawks

Hillgrove High School’s FBLA members traveled to Atlanta to attend the FBLA Sports Marketing Competition with the Atlanta Hawks. While there, member’s competed in various sports marketing and skills competitions.  Hillgrove did an outstanding job and placed 1st place in the skills competition and 1st place in the concert promotion competition.  By winning 1st place, the Atlanta Hawks awarded the chapter with $500 and various members we given Hawks paraphernalia and tickets for the Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers game.  After competing, members were treated to a splendid game by the Atlanta Hawks as they beat the Denver Nuggets.  fbla hawks 2016

Sweetheart Dance for Seniors

Loganville High School FBLA volunteered to assist at Southern Plantation assisted living home in Loganville, GA. FBLA members enjoyed talking to the residents and hearing their stories they had to share, dancing with residents, and also serving them. Students also stayed after the dance to help clean up the event room and move the furniture back to it place. The members who attended were very excited with the results of their first service activity working with the assisted living home and can’t wait to go back.