Recession? What recession? FBLA students are marching ahead regardless of the state of the economy with optimism about the future — for themselves and for the region. The students’ success bodes well for the area that when the economy gets bustling again, there will be plenty of trained business-savvy students ready to take the helm of small and big businesses alike.
Northeast Oregon may not win football, basketball or baseball titles every year, but when it comes to FBLA, the region dominates.
Imbler High School extended its string of Class 1A titles to six at the recent FBLA Skills Conference. Elgin High School, meanwhile, won its 14th title in the last 15 years in Class 2A. Only Union High School, this year’s No. 2 in Class 2A, interfered with the Elgin streak when the Bobcats won the state title in 2009.
The FBLA team advisers deserve a lot of the credit. Jennifer Teeter is the adviser for Imbler, while Peggy Anthony runs the show for Elgin and Teresa Stratton and Gayle Rickman share leadership duties at Union. The advisers provide team members with guidance, motivation and energy.
The FBLA brings business and education together. The program offers innovative leadership and career development programs. Students get leadership training and career-related learning experiences while committing themselves to major projects and connecting with likeminded people.
Congratulations to the Elgin, Imbler and Union FBLA teams for a job well done.