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Shaw High School recognized at FBLA National Leadership Conference

L to R: Kailee Rawls, Kayla Stutson, Maya Edwards, Alicia Gomillia, Dynastee Overton, Jessica Phelps, Sierra Jackson, Shala Humphrey, Elizabeth Lambert, Jarett Jacobs (Source: Shaw High School) L to R: Kailee Rawls, Kayla Stutson, Maya Edwards, Alicia Gomillia, Dynastee Overton, Jessica Phelps, Sierra Jackson, Shala Humphrey, Elizabeth Lambert, Jarett Jacobs (Source: Shaw High School)
Elizabeth Lambert and Ms. Kirkland Elizabeth Lambert and Ms. Kirkland
Kayla Stutson and Ms. Kirkland (Source: Shaw High School) Kayla Stutson and Ms. Kirkland (Source: Shaw High School)
(Source: Shaw High School) (Source: Shaw High School)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Shaw High School’s Future Business Leader of America (FBLA) team made history in the Muscogee County School District at the FBLA National Leadership conference this summer.

More than 10,000 of America’s best and brightest high school students traveled to Georgia to connect with top future business leaders and showcase their talents as they competed for the opportunity to win more than $179,000 in cash rewards.

The conference started on June 29 until July 3 and participants attended this conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 65 business and business-related competitive events.

A history making seven events made it to the Top 5 from Shaw High School. The students in these events received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2.

Jarett Jacobs placed third in MOS Excel. In order to qualify at Nationals for the Microsoft Office Specialist exams, Jarett was selected as the best in Georgia by Certiport with his perfect score in Excel and was the only student to represent Georgia at the conference.

Elizabeth Lambert and Sierra Jackson placed first and third place respectively in Microsoft Office Specialist Word. These two students were the only two to represent Georgia at Nationals in the Microsoft Office Specialist Word event in which they were able to score exceptionally well on their Expert exam.

The team of Maya Edwards, Kailee Rawls and Kayla Stutson competed in two extremely difficult events, Partnership with Business and Business Ethics. The team brought home an incredible fourth place in both events.

Alicia Gomillia, Jessica Phelps, and Dynastee Overton placed fourth in Business Financial Plan and became the first team to place in Business Financial Plan at the national conference. The Business Financial Plan team developed a complete financial plan for opening an athletic club and then presented the plan to a group of investors. With the help of Max Fitness and Colony Bank, the team was able to secure a win in this event.

Shala Humphrey, Sierra Jackson, and Dynastee Overton placed fifth in the team event, American Enterprise Project. Jackson and Overton placed in the top five in both of their events. The American Enterprise event is a chapter project that must promote an awareness of some facet of the American enterprise system within the school and community. The chapter participated in various American enterprise activities with elementary, middle and high school students.

The following students competed in other competitive events: Carlton Anthony, Hannah Nichols, and Alexandria Williams competed in Community Service Project; Mickaylah Foley competed in Electronic Career Portfolio; and Noah Nichols competed in Local Chapter Annual Business Report, Networking Concepts and the open testing event for Computer Operating Systems. Joey Ankebrant and Jackie Tolbert took Microsoft Office Specialist exams in One Note and Word Expert.

This is the first time Shaw High School had a team to advance to Nationals in Business Ethics. In the Business Ethics event, competitors had to research the topic of animal testing on products for safety and human use and present their findings and solutions and state their position on the topic.

“I am extremely proud of the dedication, hard work, and countless hours that my classmates and I put into ensuring our success even after graduation. Just being able to have a winner on stage is amazing, but having seven is outstanding. Being able to compete and win on a level of this magnitude has given us an experience we will take with us forever,” said Dynastee Overton, two time National FBLA Winner for Shaw High School.

“I am extremely proud of the dedication, hard work, and countless hours that my classmates and I put into ensuring our success even after graduation. Just being able to have a winner on stage is amazing, but having seven is outstanding. Being able to compete and win on a level of this magnitude has given us an experience we will take with us forever,” said Dynastee Overton, two time National FBLA Winner for Shaw High School.

Shaw High School’s chapter also received the following awards:

  • 1st Place – Southern Region Largest Local Chapter Professional Division Membership
  • 9th Place – Largest FBLA Chapter Membership in the Country; Hollis and Kitty Guy
  • Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit
  • National Outstanding Chapter and Chapter Challenge Award (received by completing Super Sweeps, Non-Stop November, & Action Awareness)

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