Special to the Citizen
In early January, seven students from MCHS entered FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) competitive events along with hundreds of their FBLA colleagues across Georgia. On January 23, a small group from MCHS journeyed to Madison County High School in Danielsville to attend the Regional Leadership Conference.
They joined several hundred students from 21 northeastern Georgia counties to compete, attend workshops, and learn who would advance to the next level of competition. Some schools had over 60 entries and 20 plus medal winners, but Morgan County students did extremely well by comparison.
In the Accounting I Event, seniors Mary Whatley and Jacob Bobo won medals placing eighth and second respectively. Senior Anna Bryant also earned a medal for placing sixth in the Personal Finance Event while junior Deia Dennis took eighth place in the same event. MCHS chapter’s only freshman competitor, Sam Jones, led the way with his first place also in the Personal Finance Event.
Overall, having five of seven competitors win medals and advance to state competition is an exceptional achievement. Co-advisers Steve Arnold and Colby Anderson are confident any of these students could win at state and advance to nationals.
FBLA involvement and competition improves networking and business skills and also is a great addition to college applications and employment resumes.
Each of these students can now compete in their event along with all the state-wide regional winners. The results of these competitions will be revealed during the FBLA State Leadership Conference March 14-15 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta.
Over 3,000 FBLA students from all over the state will learn which members from each event will advance to represent Georgia in the FBLA National competition this summer in Nashville, Tennessee.
The MCHS FBLA chapter meets at least once a month and participates in a number of events each year including the March of Dimes and other community service activities.
The current team will lose some key members to graduation this year, but a strong core group of returning leaders are dedicated to build on the winning success the organization has achieved.