Friday, February 12, 2016
After 24 Years, Dorchester's FBLA Is Thriving
My, how you have grown, Dorchester FBLA.
For those who are unfamiliar, the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a nationwide career and technical student organization. Established in 1940, FBLA is non-profit organization of high school ("FBLA"), middle school ("Middle Level"), and even college ("PBL") students, as well as professional members ("Professional Division"), who primarily help students transition to the business world.
FBLA is the largest student-run organization in the United States. It is also one of the top 10 organizations listed by the U.S. Department of Education.
But according to research by the Dorchester Times, Dorchester did not have an FBLA charter until the 1991-92 school year -- 24 years ago.
Dorchester inaugural FBLA group consisted of only 20 members from grades 9-12. While a small group, it did boast members who competed at the state and even national levels of FBLA competitions, according to the 1991-92 DHS yearbook.
Nearly a quarter century later, while numbers in some other DHS activities have declined, DHS' 2015-16 FBLA membership claims nearly 40 members. This is very impressive growth for a school that remains a Class D school. (DHS dropped from Class C to Class D in school year 1991-92, ironically.)
Over the years, Dorchester has become a force to be reckoned within the FBLA universe and its statewide competitions. Last year, Dorchester took second place at the Nebraska FBLA competition for the Market Share Award, for example.
In the 2010-11 school year, Jessica Hansen, who received honorable mention top five percent in the areas of cyber security and sports management at the state FBLA competition, was elected as Nebraska's FBLA state secretary.
Other Dorchester students have served as state FBLA officers, as well, dating back to the 1990s.
The Dorchester Public School community should be proud of its FBLA chapter and the strong interest in business demonstrated by its many students.