By Abbie Johnson
FBLA stands for Future Business Leaders of America. FBLA is a nationwide organization that helps students better their skills in their future business careers like accountants, entrepreneurs, financial advisors, and loan officers. FBLA’s sponsor is Colter Schacher. Schacher teaches different business and computer classes like Intro to Business, Accounting I & II, Personal Finance, and Management and Economics. He also teachers Computer Science Principles and Cyber Security. Adrian’s FBLA chapter has a total of 42 members throughout the entire high school. Schacher has inspired students to be a part of FBLA by showing them how important business is in the real world and introducing them to many different opportunities FBLA has to offer.
Some of the opportunities are helping the VFW and competitions that students can compete in. The FBLA chapter has helped the VFW by cleaning the VFW memorial and helping fold flags for the flag retirement ceremony. Some competitions are Computer Gaming Simulation Programming, Intro to Business, Publication Design, Website Design, and many more. One main goal Adrian FBLA has is become a Gold Chapter. Gold Chapter means that they are being more productive and improving, along with increasing involvement as a chapter and if they do this, they will receive the required amount of points to become a gold chapter. FBLA’s outlook for the year is to make the organization known and popular throughout the school. When asked how competitions help prepare you for the future, FBLA’s president, junior Jacob Hawkins said, “Competitions help us learn skills we will need for future careers like thinking on our feet and getting the best out of us.” The FBLA officers recently went on a bonding trip to Worlds of Fun. “We learned a lot about each other and it brought us all together even more than we already were. I think it will help us inspire and encourage other FBLA members to try their hardest to succeed. I think we will succeed this year, and hopefully we will hang some hardware,” said Hawkins.