The start of FBLA

Future Business Leaders of America  - Photo courtesy of .........
Future Business Leaders of America – Photo courtesy of Ms. Sanders

By Hydeia Wilfong
Garinger High School offers many clubs to students,  including the Future Businesses of America Club (FBLA).

The club held its annual induction ceremony for the 2013-2014 school year on Dec 9.

FBLA has been around since the late 1940s. It is a nationwide program with over 215,000 high school members. By joining FBLA students have the opportunity to learn about themselves and to become better citizens.

Two years ago, in 2011, Ms. Sanders, a computer teacher here at Garinger, opened up a chapter at the school.

Ms. Sanders said that when she worked at E.E Waddell she had opened a chapter there, so once she left and came to Garinger she took the initiative to open a chapter here.

Ms. Sanders is the primary advisor of FBLA while Ms. Grosse, Ms. Thompson, Ms.Lassiter, and Mr. Drye are all co-advisers.

FBLA is meant to prepare and develop competent business leaders; it also works to facilitate the transition from school to work for students.

At the induction meeting eight students were given officer positions. The students inducted included Nubia Jackson, who became the FBLA president; Yasmin Medina, who was elected Vice-President; Katende Mwakeba, who is the parliamentarian; Damius Nickles, treasurer; James Middleton, secretary; Vichra Heng, historian,; Viviana Hernandez and Hawani Adugna, reporters; and Brianna Geddis, assistant secretary.

There are 23 members of FBLA and they plan to compete in a state conference competition in March 2014, which will test their skills in business and career development.

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