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 Sylacauga FBLA offers its members many leadership and career development opportunities through community service and its competitive event programs. Members raise funds for the national partner, March of Dimes, and raise funds or provide service opportunities for other beneficiaries, like Alabama Childhood Food Solutions and the ALS Association of Alabama. Members also have opportunities to gain community service hours at various community events. Each spring, members travel to Birmingham, AL for the State Leadership Conference to compete in competitive events ranging from Accounting to Digital Video Production. Sylacauga FBLA consistently performs well, often taking home more competitive event winners than any other school. All state competitive event winners have the opportunity to travel to the National Leadership Conference. Sylacauga FBLA has been named Alabama FBLA’s Most Outstanding Chapter 13 of the past 14 years and has placed in the top 10 at the National Leadership Conference for the past 12 years.

 

2017-2018 officers are:

President - Ibby Dickson

Executive Vice President - Claire Hodges

Vice President - Ashleigh Davis

Grier Marlowe

Olivia Bolton

Grace Abernathy 

Kyla McKinney

Bentley Walker

 

 

 


 SHS FBLA History

Sylacauga High School FBLA chapter was chartered on January 9, 1961 with 35 members. Elsie Reams served as the first SHS FBLA President and Frances Berryman served as the first SHS FBLA Adviser. Forty years later, Tyler Laye serves as lead adviser with the help of Christie Caine, Christie Caine, Pamela McTier, and Sean Stevens serving as co-advisers.

Throughout the years, FBLA has seen a constant growth in membership, participation in community service, and involvement in competitive events. FBLA has grown to become one of the premiere organizations at Sylacauga High School.

In 2002, SHS FBLA was awarded its first Gold Key Chapter Award and won a state membership award for largest chapter membership increase.

In 2003, SHS FBLA grew to over 100 members, the largest in its history. In that same year, SHS FBLA broke its own school record for number of state finalists qualifying to compete at the National Leadership Conference in Dallas, TX.

In 2004 through 2007, SHS FBLA was awarded numerous awards at the Alabama FBLA State Leadership Conference. Among these awards was the most coveted award given by the state association—Alabama’s Most Outstanding FBLA Chapter.

At the 2006 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN, FBLA member Alesia Williams placed 10th in Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures, the first SHS FBLA member to place at nationals in more than 20 years. At the same conference, Sylacauga High School FBLA was awarded 1st Place in the Local Recruitment of Chapters Award for recruiting more FBLA chapters than any other chapter in the country.

The 2007 National Leadership Conference in Chicago, IL showcased SHS FBLA as it was awarded 9th Place for its Community Service Project--RESTORE IT! 

The 2007-2008 school year was very successful, with the most FBLA members ever to compete at the state and national levels. Among many awards presented by Alabama FBLA and National FBLA-PBL, Sylacauga High School FBLA was awarded seven national awards, among those FBLA Adviser, Sean J. Stevens, was awarded Outstanding Local Chapter Adviser--Alabama.

The 2010-2011 school year was SHS FBLA's most successful, with the most FBLA members ever to compete at the state and national levels.  Among many awards presented by Alabama FBLA and National FBLA-PBL, Sylacauga High School FBLA was awarded 4 national awards including first place for Maya Williams in Public Speaking I.

During the 2011-2012 school year, Sylacauga FBLA put their leadership in action by raising more than $2,000.00 for the March of Dimes, placing in 26 events at the FBLA State Leadership Conference and sending 13 students to the FBLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX.  Leigh Terry and Sam Jackson placed NUMBER ONE in the nation in the Marketing competitive team event, and Leigh and Alicia Gauker brought home a sixth place win for the chapter in the Local Chapter Annual Business Report. There were a total of 13 members who made the trip and competed. In addition to the three who placed Kristen Archer, Kelsey Baird, Payton Culver, Matthew Griffitt, Jackson Laye, Erin Martin, Aja Miller, Abi Oden, Elijah Sanders, and Maya Williams attended the conference and competed in their respective events. Jackson Laye represented not only our local chapter but the state leadership team and the entire state of Alabama as the Alabama FBLA State President. These students were accompanied by advisers Mrs. Tyler Laye, Mrs. Carol Sprayberry, Mr. Sean Stevens, and Mrs. Lisa McGrady.

In 2013-2014, our chapter's community service efforts made us a shining star not only in Alabama, but in the nation.  Sylacauga FBLA raised more than $6,000.00 for the March of Dimes, resulting in the 4th place award in the nation for funds raised for the March of Dimes.  Sylacauga FBLA was an integral part of the $53,200 that AL FBLA raised.  AL FBLA raised more money for the March of Dimes than any other state chapter in the country.  Lexie Wright and Tessie Yates placed 6th in the nation in Desktop Publishing at the FBLA National Leaderhsip Conference in Nashville, TN.  In addition to Lexie and Tessie, nine other Sylacauga FBLA members traveled to the conference.

In 2014-2015, Sylacauga FBLA had another successful year in community service. Sylacauga FBLA raised over $4500.00 for Alabama Childhood Food Solutions and over $3000.00 for March of Dimes, FBLA’s national partner. In addition, many members performed well at the 2015 State Leadership Conference where Sylacauga FBLA amassed more awards than any other chapter in the State of Alabama. At the 2015 National Leadership Conference in Chicago, IL, Lyndsey Davis, chapter president, placed 6th in the nation in the Local Chapter Annual Business Report competitive event.

Sylacauga FBLA “Raised Caine" in the 2015-2016 school year, raising more than $10,000.00 for its community service project beneficiary, the ALS Association of Alabama. Funds were raised in honor of former FBLA Adviser and CTE Director, Mrs. Christie Caine. Sylacauga FBLA also contributed more than $3000.00 to the March of Dimes, the national partner of FBLA. At the 2016 State Leadership Conference, more than thirty students placedin the top four, and Sylacauga FBLA was named Alabama’s Most Outstanding Chapter. At the 2016 National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA, Randie Caroline Caine and Allexus Phillips placed 10th in Community Service Project, Lyndey Davis placed 3rd in Local Chapter Annual Business Report, and Jack Wilbanks placed 5th in Publication Design.