Clarkesville, GA – For the second consecutive year, North Georgia Technical College (NGTC) students brought home Chapter of the Year and other top awards from the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference held in Atlanta. The NGTC FBLA Chapter received a total of 17 individual, team, or chapter awards with all six students qualifying to attend the 2023 National Leadership Conference.
In addition to being named Chapter of the Year, the NGTC FBLA Chapter received the Platinum Chapter Award of Merit and first place for March of Dimes donations. Mona Williams was named Adviser of the Year, and Kevin Panter of Kevin Panter Insurance in Blue Ridge, Ga., was named Businessperson of the Year. Additionally, Samantha Byers of Blairsville, Ga., Emily Linz of Cornelia, Ga., and Alexis Whittemore of Blairsville, Ga., received the Who’s Who in Georgia FBLA Collegiate Award. Byers and Whittemore were also reelected to serve as Georgia FBLA Collegiate state officers.
First place winners included Byers in the State of the Chapter presentation; Kortney Wright of Martin, Ga., in Foundations of Accounting; Autumn Strickland of Hartwell, Ga., in Microeconomics; and Strickland, Whittemore, Wright, and Kendra Marshall of Hartwell, Ga., in Parliamentary Procedures.
Linz claimed second place in the Community Service Project, Information Management, and Management Concepts competitions, while Byers placed third in Client Services and fifth in Organizational Behavior and Leadership. Marshall and Whittemore placed fourth in Retail Management and Public Speaking, respectively.
FBLA advisers are Mona Williams, business technology instructor; Angela Banks, business technology instructor; and Emily Sullens, career services specialist.
“We would like to congratulate our FBLA students and advisers on their outstanding success during the recent FBLA State Leadership Conference,” said NGTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Mindy Glander. “These awards are a testament to their hard work, dedication, and commitment to excellence. As members of FBLA, these students have not only demonstrated exceptional leadership skills but have also exhibited a strong sense of community, teamwork, and professionalism. We are very proud to have them representing our college and community.”
“On behalf of the NGTC FBLA advisers, we are very proud of our students and are continually amazed by their knowledge, professionalism, and leadership abilities,” said Mona Williams, NGTC FBLA adviser and business technology instructor. “It is nice to witness them applying the skills they have learned. We look forward to attending the national leadership conference and witnessing their successes there as well.”
FBLA is the largest business career and technical student organization in the world, with more than 230,000 members. The 2023 FBLA Collegiate National Leadership Conference will be held in Atlanta, June 22-25, 2023.