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.

FBLA Members Attend State Leadership Conference

Seminole County High School Future Business Leaders of America shined again at State Leadership Conference.  The chapter was awarded on of the fifteen Chapter of the Year Silver Awards in the state.  In order to earn this honor, local FBLA members were required to put together a chapter of the year report which included all school, community, region and state events the chapter participated in since last March.  Chapters recognized in the Chapter of the Year program will be considered for the national Hollis and Kitty Guy Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit awarded at the National Leadership Conference in Baltimore this summer.

Bianca Torres was selected as Region One Who’s Who in Georgia FBLA.  The selection criteria for this award is years of participation in FBLA activities, extent of participation in conferences sponsored by the state chapter and national association, offices held, contributions to local, state, and national projects, participation in other activities, recommendations supportive of the member’s involvement in FBLA, levels achieved in the Business Achievement Awards, and  Individual Member Recognition Program.  Bianca served as Region One Reporter in 2017-2018 and local chapter president.

Two local members were the recipients of the Georgia FBLA Alumni Scholarship.  Chapter President Bianca Torres and member Rebecca Bell received $250 each from the scholarship.  Several members also received recognition for earning levels in the Business Achievement Awards Program.  Bianca Torres earned the first Leader level to be award for the local chapter.  Rebecca Bell, Shanderica Carr, and Radhika Patel earned Future and Business levels, and Chardae Simpson earned the Future level.  

Business Achievement Awards (BAA) are an aggressive, self-directed, results-based business and leadership program designed to compliment academics while accelerating a student's leadership skills. The awards focus on the words surrounding the FBLA Crest: Service, Education, and Progress. There is a heavy emphasis on education with integrated classroom projects.  The individual recognition is a four-tier program aligned with the FBLA-PBL Goals, NBEA Standards, and Career Clusters. The BAA has four distinct award levels-Future, Business, Leader, and America.

Another recognition given this weekend was to Ricky Coachman for earning the Community level of the Community Service Awards.  The FBLA Community Service Awards (CSA) recognizes FBLA members for their extraordinary commitment to community service.  It has four levels of recognition, based on the cumulative number of hours a member contributes to community service activities: CSA Community—50 hours, CSA Service—200 hours, and CSA Achievement—500 hours.  CSA hours are cumulative and build throughout an FBLA member’s career.

Other chapter recognitions were Georgia FBLA Scholarship Fund Contributor and Business Level Conference Sponsor.  Mrs. Kim Orrick is a Georgia FBLA Foundation Adviser Member. 
This weekend’s competition was part of a conference for FBLA members from across the state of Georgia, with more than 3,000 high school students participating.  Students also participated in various workshops for leadership training, FBLA officer training, college and career preparation, and personal finance.  Local Chapter Alumnus and former Chapter President, Johnelle Simpson, presented a session entitled, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” along with Taryn Ellis, a middle school counselor at Pinckneyville Middle School in Peachtree Corners.  The session share strategies on how to manage the different curveballs like may throw at you and how to handle stress.  Simpson is a graduate of the University of Georgia and currently the Great Promise Partnership Coordinator at Clarke County School District in Athens.  Bianca Torres, Chardae Simpson and Asia Stokes attended the conference, accompanied by Mrs. Kim Orrick, adviser.  

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. Kathryn Trawick is also an adviser of FBLA.