By Esmeralda Aguilar Posted April 22, 2009
Something new has come to Lowry, something students can get involved in- FBLA.
FBLA, which stands for Future Business Leaders of America, is a new club being offered at LHS. In its first year as an active club at Lowry, it has gained eight members.
Mrs. Lisa Scott, who was an advisor for FBLA at Carlin and Spring Creek High Schools, originally decided to bring up the topic to her Yearbook students, who liked the idea of an FBLA club. From there, students continued to run with the idea.
President Alyssa Parks said, “We’re kind of new and we’re just trying to figure out what we’re doing right now.” In the future Parks would like to see more students interested in joining FBLA.
Students who have an interest in business administration, have had or are taking business or computer classes, or want to be involved can join the group. Currently, most of the students are also members of Yearbook.
“I like being able to make relationships with other people from other chapters. And, of course, learn more about businesses because that’s what it’s all about,” said Courtney Hammond, FBLA secretary.
Members are able to participate in many events, but to be eligible to participate, members must take tests. The tests analyze their skills and qualify them to attend regional and state conferences. Mrs. Scott, the FBLA advisor, said, “I make them take a lot fewer tests than other advisors.”
In order to attend these conferences, FBLA members must also pay a fee. Membership fees, which are fifteen dollars per student, help pay for many expenses, but sponsors help too. So far, CarWil, Newmont, and La Bistecca have been generous donors for FBLA.
The club hopes to raise enough money to be able to send all members to each conference. The regional conference was held in Elko. Those who place in competitions can qualify to compete at the state conference.