As the school year begins to slowly wind down, students involved with Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) at Fife High School and Columbia Junior High are preparing for FBLA Nationals taking place in Atlanta July 27-June 3. From the junior high, the five top winners at state competitions held in April will be traveling to nationals and 15 FBLA top winners will be going from the high school.
“Last year we took 14 students so this is now our biggest group to attend,” said Fife High’s FBLA advisor Laura Hilzendeger.
“Qualifying for nationals in FBLA is extremely difficult, with only about 2 percent of all FBLA members qualifying to compete at nationals in four years of competition,” said Columbia’s FBLA advisor Keith Hannah. “Somehow, we continue to beat those statistics. The students did an excellent job representing our chapter, school, and community. It never ceases to amaze me just how hard these students have worked.”
Partnering with the Washington State chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Columbia FBLA team has been busy raising funds for their Make-a-Wish child with a goal of $2,500. For example, the students have held a “Miracle Minute” during school lunch hours and raised nearly $250 by dashing around the cafeteria collecting spare change from their fellow students within the time of one minute. In addition, a “Wish Pack” drive resulted in a windfall of donated travel items to build backpacks for Make-a-Wish children to take with them as they travel on their “wish.”
“We wanted to make 15 packs but we ended up with stuff for more than 30,” Hannah said.
Now the Columbia FBLA group is gearing up for the upcoming “Miles for Make-a-Wish,” a 5K fun run/walk to be held on Thursday, May 19 in conjunction with the Fife School District Art Show at Columbia Junior High. With the route being on a fully paved surface with slight irregularities to the terrain around the Columbia Junior High campus and Dacca Park, the 3.1-mile run/walk is well suited for all ages and abilities. Race time is at 6 p.m. Then, pop over to the district-wide art show and check out some truly amazing works of art by Fife Schools students.
To learn more and register, visit tinyurl.com/jkejljt.