FBLA chapter at Southampton High enjoy new successes

Published 5:36 pm Friday, May 10, 2019

By Melissa Edwards


The 2018-2019 Future Business Leaders of America chapter at Southampton High School has had another successful term. Southampton has served as the host chapter for the Colonial Region. Shikerra Hedgepeth, SHS senior, has served as regional president and state vice president representing the Colonial Region.

SHS hosted successful fall and spring rallies, during which FBLA students from around the region come to learn and compete in areas of business. Following the spring rally, SHS students competing in Business Financial Plan and Graphic Design category placed first to move on to state competition. Two students from SHS were chosen to be a part of the prestigious Foundation Leadership Institute program at the state conference.

SHS FBLA students represented well at the State Leadership Conference in Reston this April.

FLI Foundation Leadership Institute chosen students are junior Jalayla Artis-Smith and sophomore Traleya Eley. Both students were chosen to become ambassadors for the FBLA Foundation out of the FLY participants. This is a great honor and they will be able to travel to schools throughout the state next school year.

In the Business Financial Plan category, the team including Cameron Morgan, John Johnson and Ahniya Parker made it to the finals and competed again to make it on stage at the awards in the top five. Awarded fifth place after a submitted plan, presentation and interview the team represented well, making it to the top out of all teams throughout the state.

The Graphic Design team of seniors Alyshia Hill and Shikerra Hedgepeth also made it to the finals after a submitted marketing portfolio. They presented their designs in front of judges at the SLC, and won a top spot for the national competition this summer in San Antonio, Texas.

Shikerra Hedgepeth was recognized as an outgoing officer along with Natasha Preau, Colonial Regional director.