By ETHAN BLACK – Known for their success in recent years, Future Business Leaders of America, better known as FBLA, hasn’t shown many signs of struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic. We caught up with some members of the club to see how the club has been handling its procedures and to share any news of the past six months.
Running clubs has not been easy for their leaders, but Vice President Megan Brocious knows how to direct her people. “We can’t hold our annual regional event at Eberly College of Business this year,” said Brocious, “so myself and the other board members are planning our own ceremony here at IHS, but the details aren’t finalized yet.”
Aside from the planning of regionals, members recently faced one of the most important challenges, testing. The tests given to members are based on categories members choose, and determine who goes onto states.
Junior member Ally Conrad recently tested for a states only event and shared her thoughts. “As a member this year,” stated Conrad, “FBLA always gives us lots of freedom in choosing our events we participate in which is very nice. My partner and I created a video promoting our school, so hopefully, we portrayed it well, since we’re supposed to find out our results sometime this week.”
While Conrad and her partner eagerly wait for their results, many other members have already received their results.
Regional President Austin Homer has already begun planning for states stating, “Based off those scores, we can start to focus on testing for states, which we are hoping will happen in person, but has the high possibility of being virtual.”
Though the status of states is still floating in the air, nationals have been called off. Anaheim, California, was the agreed-upon location before the pandemic, but California has called off most major events for the next year.
[Photo by Ethan Black]
Photo Caption: “Senior members Beza Allison, Megan Brocious, and Tucker Davis read an update on FBLA’s Google classroom.”
Ethan is a senior and a first-year reporter for the High Arrow. He enjoys selling clothes and is a part of Key Club and Leadership. He is excited to begin writing for the school and his fellow colleagues.