Seminole County High School Future Business Leaders of America shined again at State Leadership Conference.  The chapter was awarded the Chapter of the Year Silver Award.  Four members of the local chapter competed in five events at the annual state FBLA conference in Athens on March 12-14: Emma Miller - Business Communications and Economics, Tyler Baker – Business Communications and Economics, Taylor Godby - Job Interview, and Rebecca Bell – Public Speaking II and Business Law.

Emma Miller placed 10th in Business Communications.  This was a 1-hour online objective test administered prior to the conference on the following competencies: nonverbal and verbal communication, communication concepts, report application, grammar, reading comprehension, editing and proofreading, word definition and usage, capitalization and punctuation, spelling, and digital communication.  Taylor Godby place 12th in Job Interview.  This event consists of multiple components, including a cover letter and resume material submission prior to the conference, a preliminary interview, and a final interview.  Bianca Torres was recognized as a Region Officer for Georgia FBLA Region I for 2017-2018.  She was also recognized for achieving the Future and Business levels of the Business Achievement Awards.  The 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.

The 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.  Former local president, Johnelle Simpson, presented a workshop titled “Birds of Leadership”.  This workshop encouraged student leaders to focus on their strengths and weaknesses.  Participants learned how their strengths and weaknesses can either negatively and positively impact their personal and group leadership.  Simpson is a graduate of the University of Georgia and currently the Great Promise Partnership Coordinator at Clarke County School District in Athens.  Members of our local chapter assisted Simpson during his workshop.  The group was accompanied to Athens by Mrs. Kathryn Trawick, adviser, and Mrs. Maribeth Burke, chaperone.  

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.


Seminole County High School FBLA chapter will celebrate FBLA-PBL Week, February 5-11, 2017 in conjunction with Career and Technical Education Month. The celebration will begin on Thursday, February 2, with the 75th anniversary celebration of the founding of National FBLA. The chapter officers and members will enjoy cake, refreshments, and a presentation about the history of FBLA.

Among the many activities planned during the week are doughnuts for the teachers on Monday, pizza party for members on Friday, Random Acts of Kindness, Adviser Appreciation Day, February Frenzy Membership Drive, Professional Attire Day on Wednesday, and other theme dress days. Monday, the members should wear red, white, and blue to kick off the week. Tuesday, the members should wear our school’s colors of green and white in support of the basketball team in the first round of playoffs. Since Wednesday is Adviser Appreciation Day, members should wear purple, the color of leadership. Thursday is Career Awareness Day and the day to wear professional attire. Friday, students should wear FBLA colors of blue and gold or their chapter t-shirts. 

Several FBLA members will be competing at the state leadership conference in Athens on March 12-14. Teachers and community business volunteers are working with them to help prepare them for the events. Testing in written events will take place March 1-3 and March 6-7. 

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is a nonprofit career and technical student organization that prepares students for careers in business and business education. Its 250,000 members and advisers in 12,000 chartered chapters include representatives from the United States, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Europe. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. To learn more, see FBLA-PBL’s web site at www.fbla-pbl.org. Advisers for the local chapter are Kim Orrick and Kathryn Trawick.


Ten local FBLA members competed in the Georgia FBLA Region One Leadership Conference on January 13 at Southern Regional Technical College in Moultrie, GA. The members entered ten events and placed in eight of these events. The winners from Seminole County were Tyler Baker (6th in Business Communications and 6th in Economics), Emma Miller (2nd in Business Communications and 3rd in Economics), Taylor Godby (3rd in Job Interview), Punit Kapadia and Bianca Torres (5th in Business Ethics), Rebecca Bell (3rd in Public Speaking II), and Anna Kate Sherrer (3rd in Introduction to Business Presentation).

Three students will be advancing to State Leadership Conference on March 12-14 in Athens: Tyler Baker (Business Communications and Economics), Emma Miller (Business Communications and Economics), and Taylor Godby (Job Interview). Others may be competing in events that begin at State.

Members competing at Region were: Tyler Baker (Business Communications and Economics), Rebecca Bell (Public Speaking II), Melody Bryant (Journalism), Taylor Godby (Future Business Leader and Job Interview), Punit Kapadia (Business Ethics), Emily Lavoie (Introduction to Business Communications), Emma Miller (Business Communications and Economics), Reshonda Mosely (Business Calculations), Anna Kate Sherrer (Introduction to Business Presentation), Bianca Torres (Business Calculations and Business Ethics). Mrs. Kim Orrick and Mrs. Kathryn Trawick are advisers of the local chapter.


Members of FBLA and FCCLA sponsored a Winter Needs Drive from November 1 through December 15.  The groups collected clothing and food items for the area Clothing Closet and Food Bank.  Individuals were asked to donate clean, gently used or new coats, blankets, gloves, and hats in all sizes and/or unexpired canned food items and non-perishables.  The groups also accepted monetary donations to purchase more needed items.  The groups worked with Mrs. Megan Baldwin, Director of Seminole County Family Connections to arrange for the donations to be delivered to the Friendship United Methodist Food Bank and Clothing Closet.  Three truckloads of donations were delivered to the church on December 15.  


FBLA and FCCLA members visited Valdosta State University on Saturday, October 29.  Forty-four members of the Career and Technical Student Organizations participated in a walking tour of the college led by VSU student guides.  Following the tour, members enjoyed the rest of the day at Wild Adventures Theme Park and were treated to Halloween scares at “Terror in the Wild”.  The trip was a membership drive celebration for all members that joined the CTSOs this year.  The group was accompanied by Mrs. Jennifer Hodges, FCCLA Adviser, Mrs. Kim Orrick, FBLA Adviser, and Mrs. Latrisa Roberts, bus driver.


Seventeen (17) members of the local chapter of FBLA attended the Georgia FBLA State Motivational Rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry on October 13.  The members attended a rally with a motivational speaker, participated in the T-Shirt decide contest, open testing events, and visited educational exhibits.  They also enjoyed the afternoon at the fair.


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 13 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 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 (SLOTS) held July 19 at Crisp County Middle School in Cordele.  The training was one of five separate officer training day camps held around the state July 18-22 for Georgia FBLA local chapter officers and leaders. 

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