2017-11-30 / News

W-WCHS FBLA members join 6,000 others for motivational rally at Nat’l. Fairgrounds

By W-WCHS STUDENTS in Business Communications


Attending an FBLA motivational rally were (front) Javier Juarez, (kneeling, l-r) Yesica Velazquez, Alisha Hall, Jayden Guin, Aldahir Martinez, Omar Scott, Nijavia Cade, (standing) Alexis Hall, Emilee Johnson, Camila Pantoja, Layla Roberts, Quinton Heard, Jayla Wilcox, Jacob Garrison, Arianna Perlotte, Clayton Foster, Jessica Bridges, Johnathan Ramirez, and Chinue Harris. Attending an FBLA motivational rally were (front) Javier Juarez, (kneeling, l-r) Yesica Velazquez, Alisha Hall, Jayden Guin, Aldahir Martinez, Omar Scott, Nijavia Cade, (standing) Alexis Hall, Emilee Johnson, Camila Pantoja, Layla Roberts, Quinton Heard, Jayla Wilcox, Jacob Garrison, Arianna Perlotte, Clayton Foster, Jessica Bridges, Johnathan Ramirez, and Chinue Harris. Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School Future Business Leaders of America students attended a motivational rally held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry last month. More than 6,000 FBLA members from all over Georgia attended.

“The rally is a way to kick start enthusiasm for an action packed FBLA season,” said Lise Kalla, a business teacher at W-WCHS and a co-adviser for FBLA. The general session featured a motivational speech from Johnelle Simpson, former FBLA member and Coordinator of Work Based Learning and Great Promise Partnership, Athens Clarke County Schools.

Simpson, who won the FBLA national championship in public speaking when he was in high school, told the audience about how he stepped out of his comfort zone to achieve success. He used an acronym, “KEY” to show the students that they should “keep a positive attitude,” “encourage yourself,” and “it is up to you to accomplish your goals.”

FBLA member Omar Scott said “I learned a lot at the rally and the speaker said some things that inspired me to be more engaged in FBLA and to participate in the activities more than I do now.”

According to its website, Georgia FBLA is an affiliate of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the largest student business organization in the world with more than 250,000 members. Georgia is also the largest FBLA chapter in the nation with over 25,000 members.

Business Communications is a course in the Business and Technology pathway within the Georgia Career, Technical, and Agriculture Education (CTAE) department. Students in this course practice a variety of written and oral communications skills in the business setting.

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