FBLA offers something for every student

FBLA offers something for every student
Posted on 10/01/2021
FBLA club meets at THS

In the past year, Tahoma High School's FBLA students raised more than $900 to support families in crisis who are receiving help from Vine Maple Place. The club received a thank you letter acknowledging their efforts.

That’s just one of the service projects tackled by Tahoma’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). “Every student is welcome in FBLA, even if you are not currently in a Business or Marketing class,” says adviser Cristina Azizeh, who also teaches Business Education.

Students come together to have fun, build relationships and share ideas for reaching out to help the community. Students can join the FBLA club at any time of the year; however, if students want to compete, there are deadlines starting in January.

FBLA explores all aspects of business with “over 65 competitive events -- there is literally something for everyone! From coding to video production to fashion, FBLA has something in store for every student,” said club President Debra Erdenemandakh, a senior this year.

With a return to in-person meetings, the club leaders are hoping to resume some of their traditional activities such fundraising for Vine Maple Place and Maple Valley Food Bank. They said they are also excited to participate in the annual Holiday Food and Toy drive to support Maple Valley Food Bank & Emergency Services.

A variety of activities are planned year-round to keep students engaged and interested.

“We are a very intimate club in terms of decision-making and planning our events. Everyone always has a say in what we do, regardless of experience or leadership position,” Erdenemandakh said. The club offers many opportunities to learn about business and practice leadership skills. In addition to the traditional officer roles, they are adding a public relations leadership role to help with social media. To keep up with the club on Instagram, follow them at @tahoma.fbla.

Azizeh and Erdenemandakh emphasized that FBLA’s focus is on making an impact in our community by supporting local nonprofits such as Maple Valley Food Bank and Vine Maple Place. All students are welcome to join the club, Azizeh said. “Whether (you are) interested in helping the community or in competitions, there is a place for you in FBLA.”

FBLA meets on Mondays during Power Hour B, in room 103.
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