FBLA Shows Out Again
May 17, 2023
With many sports/clubs attending district and state competitions this year, FBLA was no different. Multiple Fair Grove students competed and placed exceptionally well at the state level.
Ran by Mrs. Overstreet for the past 10 years, and by teacher/coach Mr. Supancic, the FBLA department is booming, and there seems to be no end in sight. “We had more underclassmen attend than we have had in a long time,” explained Mrs. Overstreet.
With freshman and sophomores getting their foot in the door this early into their high school career, they will gain more experience and knowledge. Mrs. Overstreet was grateful for the underclassmen trying it out, saying, “I was proud of many of them for trying something new and bettering themselves professionally.” Senior Braden Booth encourages all to join FBLA, explaining how, “it’s opened a lot of doors for me and really helped me realize my potential.”
Braden Booth is involved in many clubs ranging from FFA, Scholar Bowl, FBLA, DECA, and more. This year, Braden qualified for state and placed 8th overall in his event. Another student to excel this year was Lauren Thomlinson (12), who has competed in FBLA her entire high school career and has been an officer since her sophomore year. Thomlinson placed second at districts, just behind another one of her classmates, Christian Allen (12).
The FBLA state competition this year was unlike any other. Mrs. Overstreet’s favorite part about state this year was the school’s energy they brought. “They were decked out in glow sticks, foam fingers, and more!” Fair Grove showed up to the FBLA competition this year with the same school spirit and confidence they do with any competition the school goes to.
There are plenty of things happening in FBLA to keep students engaged and entertained. “My favorite moment from FBLA is working the Winter Games my freshman and junior years. I loved working with the special education students and seeing the smiles on their faces as they get to compete in the adaptive games just for them,” explained Lauren. Outside of competitions, FBLA offers experiences that are hard to find anywhere else. Braden explained his favorite part about getting to travel with FBLA, saying, “My favorite thing is getting to meet new people from different places and hear their stories.”
FBLA offers students a structured, professional opportunity to find something that they are good at and fine tune their skills. Braden voiced his opinion on the club, saying, “It’s a great organization and it has something for everyone.”