Stillman Valley High School

Home of the Cardinals!

FBLA Chapter #18649

Men's Wearhouse

Thank you to Melissa Gocha, Jason Alberts, and Chris Pomatto for coming in on our last General Session to give a presentation on professional dress and what to do during an interview. Our members as well learned a valuable lesson on professional dress, on which colors are appropriate depending on the type of interview you're going into. They stressed the importance of first impressions, some examples include, arriving 15 minutes before the interview starts, being kind to everyone, and having a firm handshake! From our Vice President, Logan Apsey after the interview, he said, “It was a very useful presentation that anyone could have used.”

Members of the Month

Congratulations to Richie Sutliff and Jesus Arias on gaining Members of the Month. Congratulations to Martin as well for gaining an I stepped it up badge!

FBLA Christmas Party

Friday December 6, we had a Christmas party at Richie Sutliff's House! There we baked cookies that we would sell at school for the March of Dimes Bake Sale this week. We also wrapped up teddy bears that would be donated to the Winnebago County Correction's Teddy Bear Drive. They'll be given to children in the area hospitals on Christmas Day. Thank you to Richie Sutliff for hosting the party at his house and to all who came to help!

BA Awards

Congratulations to Logan Apsey for completing the Future Award and recieving the Future BA Pin and to Natalia Contezano for getting Member of the Month for October

FBLA Celebrates American Enterprise Week

President Jimmy Carter first proclaimed Free Enterprise Day in 1980 to honor the system that comprises the backbone of the United States economy. It is a day that symbolizes the freedoms granted to American citizens under the free enterprise system. The free enterprise system is the driving force behind capitalism and it gives individual Americans the right to make their own economic choices. For example, instead of the government controlling individual business and corporations, American citizens get to control their own businesses.

The American free enterprise system also gives American citizens the right to entrepreneurship. This means that all legal American citizens have the right to take a risk and start their own business, the right to create partnerships and agreements with other businesses, and the right to make a living through the occupation of their own choosing. In general, the free enterprise system allows Americans to conduct their business with minimal government interference. Aside from taxes and minor safety regulations, the American entrepreneurs are allowed to conduct their business as they wish.

During American Enterprise Week, we also recognize and celebrate the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice: they have laid down their lives so that we can be free. This week, we salute the men and women of the armed forces by collecting money for Folds of Honor. Folds of Honor provides educational scholarships to the children and spouses of our fallen and disabled service members while serving our nation. To learn more about Folds of Honor, please go to the following link:

The schedule for the week is as follows:

Theme: How do You Wear Your Stripes?

Tuesday, Nov. 12

  • Introduction to American Enterprise Week
  • American Enterprise Fact of the Day

Wednesday, Nov. 13

  • American Enterprise Fact of the Day
  • American Flag Cake: serve free cake at each lunch

Thursday, Nov. 14

  • General Session Meeting: all members should be at meeting
    • American Emblem Ceremony
    • Ice Cream Social
    • Guest Speaker: TBA
  • American Enterprise Fact of the Day

Friday, Nov. 15

  • Wear Red, White and/or Blue to Support our Vets and our American Enterprise System:
    • All students, faculty and staff are invited to wear red, white and/or blue today!
    • A picture will be taken in the gym for those dressed in red, white and blue
    • After picture, people receive a bonus
  • Flag Cookies: $1.00 in morning (100 cookies): all money raised goes to Folds of Honor
  • American Enterprise Fact of the Day

Illinois FBLA Fall Retreat

Stillman Valley’s Future Business Leaders of America attended the Illinois FBLA Fall Retreat on Saturday, Nov. 2 in Bloomington, IL. Members who participated in the Retreat were: Jesus Arias, Amanda King, Richie Sutfliff, Martin Martinez, Genesis Myers, Natalia Contizano, Logan Apsey, Aidan Taylor, Tyler Kubiszewski and Doga Ozkaya. The agenda for the retreat was comprehensive and kept the members very busy. On Friday., Nov. 1, FBLA departed Stillman for Bloomington, IL. Their first stop was at Illinois Wesleyan University. Upon arrival at the University, students were given a tour of the facilities. The tour was arranged by Mr. Ed Liegl who heads up the Career and Counseling Center at the High School. Special thanks to Mr. Liegl for making the arrangements! The members had a great time and the tourended with the students having their picture taken with the school bear. Following the tour, students headed to their hotel. After checking in, members had dinner, took a swim in the pool and then spent the night playing games and getting to know each other better. On Saturday morning, the members checked into the retreat and participated in many events. The keynote speaker, Mr. Jim Sharpe, presented the theme for the Retreat. He talked about “overcoming fear” by taking a three-step action approach. Through storytelling, he provided the group with excellent examples of how others have learned to overcome their fears. When asked about her experiences of the day, Natalia Contizano stated, “I had fun learning and working with other FBLA groups!” Members had the opportunity to participate in the “Iron Coyote” challenge, which took up a large portion of their time. They also participated in business workshops that focused on job interviews and what to do after you get the job. Jesus Arias stated, “It was fun meeting new people and seeing what the workshops are like.” Members were encouraged and challenged to actively participate in the workshops. Stillman’s Amanda King and Richie Sutliff took on the challenge!

Ducky Drop Winners


FBLA Ducky Drop has happened and winners will be announced soon!

1. Ashley Pierce

2. Sharon Pannale

3. Steryl Harley

4. Darius Warzocha

FBLA March of Dimes "Pretzel" Fundraiser

FBLA members at Stillman Valley High School are selling chocolate covered pretzels to raise money for March of Dimes. March of Dimes is a world-wide organization that helps mothers with prenatal care as well as birthing complications. As part of the fundraising for March of Dimes, Stillman’s FBLA will also be promoting educational activities in November to create more awareness to the needs and the work of March of Dimes.

Chocolate covered pretzels are being sold for $2.00. All proceeds are given to March of Dimes. If you want to purchase pretzels to support March of Dimes, speak with any officer, member or adviser. With your help, FBLA will be able to provide donations for March of Dimes to help them continue with their awesome work with pregnant mothers. For more information on how you can purchase pretzels, please feel free to contact any adviser: Mr. Ryan Read @, Mrs. Tammy Pierson @ or Ms. Cathie Murphy @

On behalf of FBLA and March of Dimes, we thank you for your community support.

FBLA Officers Attend the Officer Meeting at Stevenson High School

Support State of Illinois FBLA

Whenever you order from Amazon, you may now donate 5% of the proceeds to our Illinois State Chapter of FBLA.

  1. To order and support FBLA, please log into
  2. Search for the following charity: Future Business Leaders of America Phi Beta Lambda Inc in Carbondale, IL.
  3. Once you select our charity, it will continual come up under your accounts as an organization you are donating to. It will also let you know how much of your money has been donated to FBLA.

5% of your order will be donated to our State Chapter. On behalf of FBLA, we thank you for your support.

Business Word of the Week!

The Business word of the Week is "hedging"!

If you know what this word means, stop by Mr. Read's room (106). Give him a definition and then apply it in a sentence for a prize!

Win a Surprise!