FORSYTH COUNTY — Based on their strong showings at a recent state competition, several students from Forsyth County high schools are heading to the national Future Business Leaders of America competition.
Among them is North Forsyth’s Ashton Seibel, who placed first for Future Business Leader, the competition’s “most coveted award,” said Shannon Anderson-Rush, business and marketing education teacher.
“I am very pleased with our students,” she said. “We continue to be one of the top FBLA chapters in the state of Georgia ... [we were] recognized as a Gold Chapter as well as a Superior Chapter and ranked sixth out of 437 in Chapter of the Year.”
South Forsyth and Lambert high schools also have students heading to the national event.
Tommy Clark of Lambert placed first in business calculations, while Matthew Thompson took first in business law.
The school had 33 competitors, 13 of whom finished in the top 10 for their categories. It also received 10thplace for the largest chapter membership, with 181 members, and was recognized for being the Region 11 Sweepstakes Champion from the region leadership conference.
“I am so very proud of all of the students,” said Susan Fagan, Lambert business instructor, who was awarded the FBLA Region Adviser of the Year award.
“We were extremely successful this year in competition, and all of our hard work definitely paid off as we walked away with 13 gold medals and two chapter recognitions. It has been one of those years that I will never forget.”
At South, eight of the 17 competitors finished in the top 10, said adviser James O’Connor. The chapter received the membership achievement award for increasing its student rolls and first place for the largest percentage increase among local chapters.
“I thought the state competition went well,” he said. “There were lots of leadership training and informational sessions for the students to attend, they could watch the finalist performances in most of the events, and they had some free time to meet other FBLA members from around the state and do some sightseeing.”
Forsyth Central did not attend the event and West Forsyth took just four students this year, said Jamie Godby, adviser.
“All of our competitors were exceptional representatives of West,” Godby said. “They worked really hard to qualify at region and advance to state. Our students were able to network and gain experience in presentation and interview skills.”