FBLA chapter at Lindsay High School finishes 4th at state conference


LINDSAY – For eight years Lindsay High School has finished among the top tier of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapters in California. The designation earns them recognition at the state conference and a mention at the national conference. But this year, LHS learners will be there in person to hear their name called after winning their way to the National level. 
Lindsay High School’s FBLA chapter received 3rd place in the Local Chapter Annual Business Report at the State Leadership Conference, held April 12-15 in Ontario, Calif., beating out all but two of the 110 schools in attendance. The report is a summary of their monthly Program of Work updates which note all of their activities, projects in the areas of membership, chapter management, community and school service, education and progress. Those updates are then formatted into a business report and submitted as a PDF file for competition. The LHS team now moves on to the National Leadership Conference June 28 to July 1 in Baltimore, Md. Lindsay competed against 2,200 students from 110 schools from all over California to earn its way to Nationals.
“I would like to recognize those students hard work and the mentors we had throughout this project,” said Maria Caballero, business teacher and FBLA Adviser at LHS. 
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This is the eighth year that the LHS chapter has finished in the top 15% in the state, known as the Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit, for its report summarizing the chapter’s accomplishments throughout the school year. In all, Lindsay learners took home 43 awards at the state competition. Five LHS FBLA officers wrote and mailed out letters to elected officials for the Government Awareness State Project Recognition.  In addition, this year Berenice Lemus, FBLA Public Relations Officer, visited with Lindsay City Councilmember Laura Cortes and had business conversations with her. Berenice had the opportunity to informed Cortes about FBLA and the organization. 
Lindsay FBLA members also earned recognition for their Small Business Project, where they invited a local entrepreneur or small business owner to speak at their meeting, Celebrated American Enterprise Week by visiting a local business and taking a tour of their office or facility, and they also interviewed a business owner. Other project recognitions included: Goes Green, where the chapter promoted “Going Green” on campus and the community; Professional Membership, where chapter officers recruited 11 professionals to be part of FBLA; and March of Dimes, where chapter raised more than $300 for this cause.
Rocio Gonzalez, Damaris Alvarez, Maria Corona, Berenice Lemus, and Asusena Cisneros all received individual awards at the state conference for Business Achievement Projects. Caballero said at the beginning of each school year, FBLA members submit research, projects and activities in the areas of Service, Education, and Progress; Communications/Information Technology; Service Learning Communications; Career Development Business; and FBLA National Organization Program. Once approved by the advisor, students then complete these projects online.
Maria Corona, Berenice Lemus, Litzy Gomez, Fatima Lemus, and Sayda Andrade all received a certificate for Financial Literacy Project. This individual project for freshman and sophomore only, allows our FBLA members to learn about money management through budgeting for a three-month period, explain the difference between a credit card and a debit card based on research, understand how credit scores are used, and other financial options. Ikonkar Khalsa received recognition at state level for Leaders in Action Project, Career Development and, along with Rebeca Gomez, earned her Leader – Business Achievement Award.
Members of Lindsay High School’s FBLA chapter pose with their award for finishing third overall among 110 schools at the State Leadership Conference last month. Submitted photo.

Members of Lindsay High School’s FBLA chapter pose with their award for finishing third overall among 110 schools at the State Leadership Conference last month. Submitted photo.

In addition to the state conference awards, LHS FBLA members were also members of a team that won second place and a prize of $1,000 in the annual SoCalGas Entrepreneur Challenge.
Hosted by SoCalGas and the Workforce Investment Board’s Innovate Tulare Kings, this challenge gave the opportunity for a team of students in Caballero’s Empowering Entrepreneurs class to create a business plan and pitch that idea to a panel of local judges. With the help of local entrepreneur Luis Chavez, owner of Chavez Web Design, and Vincent Salinas, a local business consultant, students were able to receive feedback on how to advance their innovative business idea.
“Our FBLA program has been getting a lot of support from different members in the community especially from Chavez Web Design,” said Carlos M. Gomez, work-based learning coordinator for Lindsay High School. “Luis Chavez has been working with our learners and has provided an amazing amount of knowledge and support for our learners.”