Seminole County FBLA headed to San Antonio this summer

Will Pace will be representing Seminole County and Georgia FBLA at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX, June 28-July 3 in Introduction to Public Speaking.  Will place 4th at the State Leadership Conference in Atlanta in March, qualifying him to advance to Nationals.  The chapter is currently raising funds to help offset Will's expenses.  To donate, please contact the school.

FBLA Members Attend State Leadership Conference

Seminole County High School Future Business Leaders of America shined again at State Leadership Conference.  The chapter received Bronze Chapter recognition with FBLA’s Chapter of the Year program.  Will Pace and Chardae Simpson of the local chapter attended the annual state FBLA conference in Atlanta the weekend of March 22-24.

Will Pace won 4th place in Introduction to Public Speaking and will be representing Georgia and Seminole County this summer at the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX.  This event recognizes FBLA members who are beginning to develop qualities of business leadership by developing effective speaking skills.  The speech must be of a business nature and must be developed from one or more of the FBLA-PBL Goals.  

Chardae Simpson was recognized for serving as a region officer of Region I for 2018-2019.  Shanderica Carr and Bailey Dixon received recognition for earning Community Service Awards.  Shanderica received the Community Award for completing 128.5 hours.  Bailey Dixon received the Community and Service level Award for completing 245.5 hours.  The Community Service Awards Program recognizes members with extraordinary commitment to community service. There are three levels: CSA Community (50 hours), CSA Service (200 hours), CSA Achievement (500 hours).  In addition to receiving Bronze Chapter award, the chapter was also recognized as a Conference Sponsor, Scholarship Donor, and Foundation Donor.

The competition was part of a weekend conference for FBLA members from across the state of Georgia, with more than 3,500 high school and middle school students participating.  Students also participated in various workshops for leadership training, FBLA officer training, college and career preparation, and personal finance.  The group was accompanied to Atlanta by adviser, Mrs. Kim Orrick and chaperones, Mr. and Mrs. John Buckhalter, Mr. Wes Pace, and Ms. Twynette Reynolds.

Future Business Leaders of America is the oldest and largest national organization for students preparing for careers in business leadership.  FBLA prepares students for “real world” professional experiences.  Members gain the competitive edge for college and career successes.  Mrs. Kim Orrick is also an adviser of FBLA.


Chair Sheila Williams of the Seminole County Commissioners signed a proclamation declaring February 3-9, 2019 FBLA Week in Seminole County. Local Chapter Officers witnessed the signing of the Proclamation. 
FBLA-PBL sets aside the second week of February each year as National FBLA-PBL Week. The local chapter is participating various activities such as theme dress days, career lessons, a pizza party, random acts of kindness, etc. In addition, they will be recognizing the Wednesday of this week as Adviser Appreciation Day. Members will be using this day to pay special tribute to the dedicated individuals who make the association possible on the local level. 

Advisers for the local chapter are Kim Orrick and Kathryn Trawick.


Fifteen local FBLA members competed in the Georgia FBLA Region One Leadership Conference on Friday, January 18 at Southern Regional Technical College in Moultrie, GA. The members entered five events and placed in three of these events. 

Will Pace will be advancing to State Leadership Conference in Introduction to Public Speaking on March 22-24 in Atlanta:  He placed first place at the Region Leadership Conference.  Chardae Simpson will also be attending as a region officer.

Four other students were recognized as Region winners but will not advance to State:  Chardae Simpson – 3rd in Public Speaking and Ashton Childree, Cleve Cofty, and Baylor Williams – 4th in Introduction to Business Presentation.  

Other Members competing at Region were Shanderica Carr and Asia Stokes.  Mrs. Kim Orrick and Mrs. Kathryn Trawick are advisers of the local chapter.


Seminole County High School FBLA member, Ty'Ina Moore created the design for this year’s chapter t-shirt.  The t-shirt was entered in the annual Georgia FBLA Annual Chapter Spirit T-Shirt Contest in conjunction with the Georgia FBLA Fall Motivational Rally and FBLA Day at the Georgia National Fair.  Local chapter members will wear their shirts to the Rally and Fair, on October 11 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry

Using the state theme, students were asked to create a design following the contest guidelines.  Contest guidelines were required that the design included Name of School with FBLA included Georgia FBLA Flag Logo or FBLA flag logo.  The shirt had to be designed in a graphics software application using screen printing or a sublimination and heat press process.  T-shirts will be judged by a panel of judges based on creativity, originality, color combination, text, and presence of the required elements.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries in the high school division and the top two entries in the middle level division.  All prizes will be awarded to the local chapter at the Fall Leadership Conference. 

FBLA Region Officer Academy

Seminole County Middle/High School FBLA member, Chardae Simpson, was selected to serve as a Georgia FBLA Region One Officer for the 2018-2019 year.  As part of the duties and responsibilities of being an officer, Chardae was required to attend the Region Officer Academy (ROA) at Camp John Hope in Fort Valley, GA on July 13-14.  At this conference, she had the opportunity to network with other region officers in Georgia.  The newly elected officer team members were given the opportunity to participate in many leadership activities while at ROA that helped to build leadership skills and teamwork between the region officers.  Some of the activities included: learning how to publicly speak effectively, engage in icebreaker activities for use in local meetings, and how to properly lead and conduct the Region Leadership Conference in January.  We are excited about the upcoming year and know that Chardae will represent our chapter with high standards as a Region 1 Officer!

FBLA Officers Attend SLOTS

Officers of the Seminole County High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America participated in Summer Leadership and Officer Training Summit (S.L.O.T.S.) held July 12 at Crisp County High School in Cordele.  The training was one of five separate officer training day camps held around the state July 9-13 for Georgia FBLA local chapter officers and leaders.

The training camps prepare local chapter officers and other leaders for upcoming duties and roles.  In addition, chapter officers work with advisers to develop or refine the program of work and plan a chapter strategy for the year.  Not only are officers trained for specific duties, they also develop a stronger officer team through chapter strategic planning sessions.  Mrs. Kim Orrick, Adviser, accompanied the group to Cordele.