On Jan. 18, 20 Magazine students and three advisers and guests attended the FBLA District I Spring Leadership Conference in Fort Smith along with 23 other chapters and more than 800 total members present. Cheryl Davis, adviser, and Vicky Parrish and Delania Smith attended with the students.

Carlee Parrish, Magazine Mid-Level Chapter Reporter and Mid Level FBLA District I President, brought greetings on behalf of the Mid Level District.

Hannah Smith, Magazine Chapter President and State FBLA Secretary, brought greetings on behalf of State FBLA. Hannah Smith and Emily Richey, State FBLA President from Paris, presented a session on state preview and tips.

Students placing in competitions and automatically progressing to state competition include: Corina Bradley for 6th place in Advertising, Haley Roseberry for 6th place in Insurance and Risk Management, Taryn Leslie for 3rd place in Introduction to Business Procedures, Caleb Curtis for 3rd place in Personal Finance, Hannah Smith and Lauren Ryan for 4th place in Sports and Entertainment Management, and Hannah Smith for 7th place in Who’s Who. Mary Lee was elected district Secretary for 2017-2018. Her campaign slogan was, “It was ‘Mint’ to Be” and included peppermints.

Other students placing in the Top Ten include: Randon Baumgartner for 10th place in Agribusiness, Margo Reed for 7th place in Business Communication, Shantalle Morris for 9th place in FBLA Principles and Procedures, Josh Baker for 8th place in Impromptu Speaking, Destiny Smith for 8th place in Introduction to Financial Math, Annah Jones in 7th place for Introduction to Information Technology, Sarai Parrish for 9th place in Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures, Kalyn Bryan for 8th place in Journalism, and Savannah Cessna for 8th place in the Talent Show where she sang “Traveling Soldier”. Some of these students may receive “next in-line notifications” and be moved up to competing at the state conference as the time gets closer. The chapter also received 5th place in Largest Chapter Membership Marketshare, which is a percentage of students in the school who are in the chapter. Other competitions begin at the state conference without district qualifications and several students are beginning to work on these competitions.

Other FBLA News:

On Feb. 2, Hannah Smith and Ms. Davis traveled to Little Rock for Hannah to be a part of CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organizations) Day. Governor Hutchinson met with the FBLA State Officers and signed a proclamation.

FBLA will be selling Little Caesar’s Pizza Kits to fundraise for the state conference. FBLA will be hosting a blood drive on February 22 at the school from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hannah Smith and Ms. Davis attended the Midyear Executive Council meeting in Little Rock on Dec. 4-5. Hannah worked to plan an exciting state conference for April 3-4.

Both Mid-Level and senior high FBLA chapters held a Christmas Party after school in December. Hannah Smith, Destiny Smith, and Ms. Davis attended the National Fall Leadership Conference in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Nov. 10-13. Everyone heard two dynamic keynote speakers and Hannah attended workshops for state officers while Destiny and Ms. Davis attended various other workshops.

The chapter is also helping with the Diamondback March along with EAST that Paris Ford is sponsoring on March 11.

In October, members sold Pink T-shirts and donated the proceeds to the Relay for Life team, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, March of Dimes, and Make-A-Wish. In November, members wore purple for Prematurity Day and collected $1 from students wanting to wear a hat or pajamas and donated that money to the March of Dimes.

During FBLA week members had a few special activities including starting an annual Leukemia Pennies for Patients Drive.