The news comes almost eight months after the club brought home 19 awards at the state FBLA middle level competition April 11-12 in Birmingham.
“There’s no greater feeling in this world than to see my students get recognized for all their hard work, and they do work very, very hard,” DMS business teacher and FBLA advisor Susan Evans said of her former students who now attend Lincoln High School. “A lot of times, all we see is the negative on the media about kids and how bad kids are — I don’t see that. I see these amazing people who want to work hard; they want to make a difference, and they want to do things the right way. To see that being recognized in any level, especially the national level, there’s nothing more rewarding than that as a teacher.”
Ninth-grader Wyatt Gallahar not only received national recognition for his efforts organizing product sales in the Spreadsheet Applications category, but he also became the third consecutive student from DMS to receive Outstanding Middle Level Member of the Year honors.
“It means a lot to me,” Gallahar said. “I felt as if everything in the past has led up to (this award), and I felt as if I almost had a reputation for our school because we’ve won it three years in a row both at state and nationally. I think this will springboard me into my future by letting people know that I’m a leader, and I’m here to achieve great things.”
For their recognition in the Community Service category, project coordinator Elise Chandler teamed with Savannah Masters and Kayla Yarborough to organize a walk in Mosley Park to raise more than $2,500 for the March of Dimes.
“(Community service projects) help you become more aware of the things that are around you,” Chandler said. “We found out that most of the people that were in our chapter (of FBLA) were either born premature or had premature siblings. We were able to learn about what side effects are associated with being born premature.”
Chandler also credited Gallahar’s overall performance as a leader as a catalyst for the club’s success in 2013.
“Wyatt did a lot to make sure that everyone was on task,” Chandler said. “He went around to each of the committees and made sure they were doing everything they were supposed to do. I think it was all because he was a good leader.”
Evans noted the importance of FBLA and the impact the club has on the lives of the students who participate.
“We focus on three levels — progress, service and education,” Evans said. “Through those three areas, we really work to make sure our members are able to go out into the workforce and be productive, civic-minded students. The great thing about FBLA is it does so much to prepare students for leadership positions. It’s really getting them ready for the next step, whether it’s for college or a career. That’s really where our focus lies.”
Other winners who represented DMS include:
O Mikah Evans, Malachi Golden and Tyler South - American Enterprise Project category.
O Ashley Kate Grace - Computer Slide Show category
O Amanda Coffman - Keyboarding I category
O Courtney Edwards - Keyboarding II category
O Kaleigh Brown, Aubrey Young and Victoria Sands - Local Chapter Activities Report
O Brittany Barnes - Spreadsheet Applications
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