FBLA: Business Leaders-in-Training


With their heads full of dreams, anxiety, excitement and confidence, 22 Vikings landed in Chicago for the Future Business Leaders of America Nationals. 

Their time in the windy city was fruitful — several national awards, and many adventures and memories. 

Among their successes, SHS Grads Henry Calkins  and Oliver Howard won 1st place for Graphic Design. 

FBLA helps high school students prepare for careers in business and after high school experiences through academic competitions, leadership development, and educational programs. 

FBLA has an FBLA code of ethics and a PBL Creed, The FBLA foundation believes that education is the right of every person.

 The future depends on mutual understanding and cooperation among business, industry, labor, religious, family, and educational institutions, as well as people around the world.

Club Advisor Joshua Cunningham said, “Sunnyslope has one of the best programs.” 

Cunningham is new this year to FBLA.

I asked Cunningham what he looks forward to this year, and he said,” Learning how all the moving parts move together.” 

As the advisor, Cunningham, helps the members achieve what they want to do and their goals.

Cunningham said, “This club gives people a really good opportunity to practice all of their presentation skills and business skills and just working in a collaborative environment to compete against other people.” 

At Arizona FBLA State Leadership Conference, SHS won 26 awards, and 24 of them were top 10 winners.

Cunningham said, “It’s a lot of fun getting together and making stuff and competing and a lot of people that do this aren’t in sports, so they get to actually compete and win and be celebrated in something that isn’t an athletic endeavor.” 

And they compete using information that they have learned all year around about careers in business and etc.

FBLA often looks great on resumes, so if you’re interested in this club, you can go to SHS FBLA or email Joshua Cunningham.