Overhills Middle’s FBLA Chapter, in its initial year at the school, competed in the Southeast Regional Competition at Fayetteville Technical Community College and had two students qualify to go on to the state competition.
Overhills Middle School is the only middle school in Harnett County with an FBLA chapter. Career technical education teacher and FBLA adviser La’Verne Godfrey-Jones is happy with the students’ progress.
“Not only are they the only middle school participating, but they placed several places in their very first competition,” she said.
During the 2017-18 Southeast Regional Competition, several students placed first and second in several competitions. Two students went on to compete at the North Carolina State Leadership Conference in Greensboro. Students placing were:
. Mia Jones — First place, Business Math & Financial Literacy and first place, Career Exploration
. Jasmine Lee — First place, FBLA Creed
. Lei’ona Concepcion — Second place, FBLA Creed
. Ady Lynn Anderson — Second place, Elevator Speech Jasmine Lee and Mia Jones went on to compete in the 2018 North Carolina State Leadership Conference. Jasmine placed fourth in the entire state of North Carolina in the FBLA Creed and Mia Jones placed ninth in the state in Business Math & Financial Literacy.
“Not only did they compete as leaders,” Ms. Godfrey-Jones said, “but several judges and dignitaries stated that Overhills Middle School FBLA members were the best behaved professional students of all the chapters at the SEC Regional Competition.”
Lynn Hartly, Harnett County’s CTE director, and Larry Clark supported Ms. Godfrey-Jones’s dedication from the initial decision to incorporate a FBLA chapter at Overhills Middle School. Ms. Hartly sponsored several students’ registration fees and expressed her financial support if the students continued their success. She placed the students’ dedication as a priority in her busy agenda by visiting the school to show support.
The members of the Overhills Middle School Future Business Leaders of America Chapter are: Mia Jones, Ke’Vontra Yates, Jacob Duncan, Ady Lynn Anderson, Chasity Love, Lei’ona Concepcion, Jasmine Lee, Sean Momet, Justin Davis, Gian Carlos Gonzalez, Adriana Hanke, Aniya Mullins, Aneylis Rivera and Damien Allen.
The members of OMS FBLA, Ms. Godfrey-Jones and Jasmine Nixon, the acting administrator, are excitedly anticipating on maintaining a successful chapter in the years to follow.
“Not only is it a grand opportunity to be a member of Future Business Leaders of America, it is an honor to lead the way in Harnett County as being the very first middle school to start a successful chapter,” Ms. Godfey- Jones said.
Overhills Middle School FBLA students placing at recent competitions are, from left, Lei'ona
Concepcion, Southeast Regional Competition, second place, FBLA Creed; Ady Lynn Anderson, regionals, second place Elevator Speech; Jasmine Lee, regionals, first place and State Leadership, fourth place, FBLA Creed; and Mia Jones, regionals first place, Business Math & Financial Literacy and first place Career Exploration, and at state, ninth place Business Math & Financial Literacy. At right is their adviser, La'Verne Godfrey-Jones.
Overhills Middle School FBLA students attending regional competitions are, from left, back row, Sean Momet, Ke'Vontra Yates, Ady Lynn Anderson, Aniya Mullins and Anyelis Rivera; front row, Gian Carlos Gonzalez, Adrianna Hanke, Lei'ona Concepcion, Mia Jones
and Jasmine Lee. Not pictured are Jacob Duncan and Justin Davis.