FBLA Attends Southern Area Conference

On Thursday, January 15, 2015, students from the Sparta Chapter of FBLA, along with FBLA adviser Mrs. Edwards, went to the Southern Area Conference at the Southern Illinois University Student Center – Carbondale. High schools in the Southern Area of Illinois, including Sparta, Steeleville, Christ Our Savior, Du Quoin, and Anna Jonesboro and other high schools, compete in different business-related events. Mrs. Edwards stated that, “We have students who are competing in Parliamentary Procedure, as well as a couple other events. Some students will go and perform in things like Public Speaking, some students will have projects that are prejudged, and some students will take a test when they got there.” Sophomore Gavin Sohnrey placed second in the Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure event.

Mrs. Edwards takes students to the Southern Area Conference because, “it’s a great experience for the students to participate in the competitions. It also gives them some experience of business-type meeting and a business environment, and it’s a good taste of what they can expect at the state competition.” She also states that, “Students are expected to follow the FBLA dress code, so they have to dress professionally. Guys wear a collared dress shirt and tie; girls wear formal business clothes, and the point is to give them a business experience that will help them in a business environment later in life in their careers.” Guys are also required to wear dress slacks and both guys and girls have to wear dress shoes. More >>