Business Leaders in Fluvanna
March 16, 2018
Among the many clubs at Fluvanna County High School, a relatively small group called Future Business Leaders of America [FBLA] meets most Tuesdays and Thursdays during Fluco Focus in room 4508. FBLA is a national organization focused on students who plan to pursue a career in Business and Leadership.
This club is led by business teachers Christine Kreitzman and Linda Harding, who is a co-sponsor. “We are a team and we watch out for each other,” said Kreitzman who has been the Club Sponsor for FBLA for 10 years. Under her supervision, the club has had some amazing accomplishments.
One staple of FBLA is the annual Breast Cancer Walk. Every year, the members of the club organize a walk where students have the opportunity to purchase a ticket for $1. They are then released in fourth period to go walk the track and socialize with friends. In recent events, the club has started selling snacks and candy, while other clubs, such as Culinary, sell beverages. Over the years, FBLA has raised approximately $2,000 to donate to the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation located in Richmond.
These future business leaders have the chance to partake in various competitions every spring. Students can compete in everything from 3D animation, to mock job interviews, to public speaking. Many members of FBLA at FCHS have won or placed in their respective competitions. “It was the first time I truly had the opportunity to interact with other aspiring businessmen and women around my own age. Most importantly, in a high stakes environment, we were able to create a friendly atmosphere with the other competitors,” shared President Sophia Leichtentritt.
FBLA has several working parts. Members of the groups have the chance to run for office at the beginning of the school year. Positions include President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The people who fill these positions usually have past experience with the club. “I’ve learned so much in my four years as a member,” said Vice President Danielle Crawford.
Outside of Fluvanna County, FBLA has a prescence at many other schools throughout America. Student Jose Rodriguez was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America chapter in Puerto Rico. In his chapter, he was President at his school and Vice-President of the region. “FBLA helps me build my legacy, make good memories and knowledge from not just the business world, [but] knowledge from everything,” Rodriguez said. “Thanks to the Future Business Leaders of America, I’m the person who I am today, and the person that I will be tomorrow,” he added.
Anyone thinking about joining the business world should look into the Future Business Leaders of America. This group showcases opportunity, gives a taste of professionalism, and is a chance to be a part of something amazing.
Update: FBLA had a very successful awards ceremony on March 15. Emily Thomas placed 2nd in Global Business Initiative. Sophia Leichtentritt placed 1st in Job Interview and Danielle Crawford placed 1st in Client Service. Michael Lyons placed 1st in Impromptu Speaking. Asia Toler and Madison Brown placed 1st in Intro to Business Presentation. These students will advance to the States competition on April 14-15 in Northern Virginia.