Shawano High offers many clubs and extracurricular activities, and one of the biggest organizations offered is FBLA. The club offers a wide variety of activities, and the SCHS students recently attended an FBLA event.
FBLA stands for Future Business Leaders of America. It is an organization meant to promote the growth of business leaders and expand students’ knowledge on the importance of positive relationships and their effect on people’s working environments.
On February 2, 16 Shawano members headed to Athens, Wisconsin, to compete in a competition held by the Wisconsin FBLA. The competition is held to test students’ knowledge and skills within the business world, but each student has their own personal reason for competing.
Senior Levi Johnson stated, “I like having the opportunity to show my skills compared to other future business leaders.”
The event offered many different areas to compete in, ranging from Website Design to Business Ethics. The students could showcase their skills in many ways such as speaking to judges or taking tests.
Shawano High went up against over twenty other high schools. Even with many competitors, one team from Shawano High will be advancing on to the state level competition later in the year.
The team consisted of seniors Jarrett Laatsch, Cole Nelson, and Levi Johnson. They competed in the Sports Entertainment Management section of the contest. They confessed to being a bit stressed during the competition, but they look forward to competing at state this year.
Everyone who competed had a great time at the event, and the younger members look forward to coming back in future years.
So far this year, the Shawano FBLA members have been very busy. At the beginning of the school year the organization held a highway clean-up, which is an activity almost all of the members really enjoy. They have also been volunteering to help many other causes throughout the entire year.
To be able to hold all of the meetings and events that the club does, they do have to fundraise. Here at the high school, they do this by selling SunDrop slushies during lunch. The students love the treat, and the popularity makes it easy for the FBLA to make a profit from their sales.
Johnson has been in FBLA for the past three years. He has enjoyed being a part of the organization to see if business could be a future career path for him.
“I wanted to expand my horizons and get a taste of the business world,” explained Johnson.
As well as learning more about business, many other FBLA members enjoy other benefits that the organization offers such as the development of leadership skills, the relationships built with other members, the volunteer work, the bonus of showing one’s involvement in the club on applications and so much more.
FBLA is a busy organization here at SCHS. The opportunities that the club presents are amazing and can really help anyone with their future careers. Shawano’s future business leaders are having a great year so far and are always welcoming new members.