When Laura Carroll, LaGrange High School’s Business and Marketing class educator became the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) adviser for students interested in business, she was preparing them for the moment they recently experienced during the FBLA Region competition – to walk away as winners.
Three members of her FBLA team attended the event and two walked away with honors: Tiarra Stanley placed 2nd in Hospitality Management and Hassan Stargell placed 1st in Entrepreneurship.
FBLA is a co-curricular organization made up of student leaders who are interested in pursuing business as a future career. When Carroll is with the students, she helps them gain purposeful knowledge about business. She said, “The purpose is to provide, as an integral part of the instruction program, opportunities for students to develop vocational and career competencies. They are also exposed to promoting civic and personal responsibilities.”
For the group, Region competition is held once a year. This year, it was in Buena Vista, Georgia where all 15 counties within the region competed in showcasing their business knowledge through performance, skills, or online. Each of the subject areas pertained to business and leadership. Carroll stated the top qualifiers in each event advance to the state competition in March. It will be held in Atlanta.
Carroll said she is proud of each of her students for competing in Region, “Our FBLA team showed great confidence in the subject matter and they represented LaGrange High and Troup County well.”
About Troup County School System Troup County School System is an accredited educational system with over 11,900 students in grades K-12. TCSS does offer a free Pre-K program at each elementary school. The system is comprised of eleven elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, one college and career academy, and one alternative learning center. Students within the school system are taught a rigorous and relevant curriculum that helps them make college and career choices beyond graduation and succeed in life. The system 2017 graduation rate rose 6.6 percentage points in three years to 78.0 percent. To learn more about Troup County School System, visit troup.org and the Troup County School System Facebook page.