Forty-Nine FBLA members from Emanuel County Institute attended the Georgia FBLA Motivational Rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds on Thursday, October 13. The local group joined over 9,000 Future Business Leaders of America members from across the state of Georgia for a day of motivation, networking, and competition at the largest gathering of FBLA members in history.
The motivational part of the rally was led by Alex Sheen, who began the social movement Because I said I would. This is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the betterment of humanity. Their mission is to strengthen humanity’s will. Because I said I would encourages and supports making and keeping promises to end suffering, establish peace, and build happiness. He challenged the students to get involved and make a difference not only in their own lives but the lives of others.
Members also competed in t-shirt design, banner design, and a variety of testing events. Results will be provided at the Fall Leadership Conference in Athens this May. Afterwards the students were able to enjoy the activities that the fair offered.
High school members who attended were Kaci Aldrich, James Anderson, Rose Baker, Jasmine Budgett, Jullian Cruz, Telia Daughtry, Alana Day, Mia Ellis, Brianna Hicks, Jenna Hinson, Perez Howard, Caroline Kraus, Samantha Lamb, NyKera Lockhart, Luz Lopez, Marissa Meeks, Nia Miles, Lani Morton, Abby Morton, Mackayla Oglesby, Roesha Passmore, Kendra Pierce, Niesha Robertson, Kristin Smoyer, Chrishalae Warner, Miranda Wilkerson, Austin Woods, and Leanne Wright.
Middle school members in attendance were Addison Akridge, Nikayla Bullard, Olivia Canandy, India Daughtry, Diamond Daughtry, Mackenzie Davis, Marlana Griner, Brooke Hooks, Alaya Hudson, Sarah Beth Kersey, Breana Librizzi, Emma Mason, Elizabeth Millsap, Morgan Rehberg, Semya Stanford, Myia Steele, Zayna Taylor, Karmen Thompson, and Jamariya Turner.
Local FBLA adviser Jessica Smith accompanied the group to the Rally.