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ECHS FBLA officers attend training summit
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Effingham County High FBLA officers attended the Summer Leadership and Officer Training Summit at Swainsboro High School.From left to right are Amea Thompson, Madison Shanks, Drashti Patel and Rajvi Dave, and in back is David Ciolko. - photo by Photo provided

Five officers from the Future Business Leaders of America chapter at Effingham County High School attended the Summer Leadership and Officer Training Summit (SLOTS) at Swainsboro High School in July.

ECHS FBLA president Drashti Patel, vice president Rajvi Dave, secretary Madison Shanks, treasurer David Ciolko and reporter Amea Thompson attended the summit to prepare them for their roles as officers for the upcoming year.

Each officer attended a breakout session relating to their specific office and they were given an officer’s manual describing their duties. The advisors met with state FBLA advisor Monty Rhodes to go over updates and discuss the state FBLA calendar for the 2013-14 school year.

Throughout the day, officers and advisors participated in team-building and leadership activities to help build leadership skills and promote fellowship among members. The Georgia FBLA theme for this year is “Georgia FBLA: chart your course!”

FBLA is the career and technical student organization for students enrolled in the business and computer science pathways. The Effingham County High FBLA chapter is now accepting members for the 2013-14 school year.

ECHS students who would like to become FBLA members should contact advisor Karen Waltz at or see one of the officers. Parents, businesses and other FBLA supporters are also encouraged to join the professional division of FBLA.