Bodley continues tradition of grooming students to become future business leaders

The G. Ray Bodley chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America continues to be among the elite in the state as several members recently took home top honors in the regional competition.

According to FBLA co-advisers Danielle House and Angela Ferlito, despite being hampered by snow days and losing valuable preparation time, the students set the bar high during the District 9 event held Feb. 7 in Liverpool.

“The students did a great job and we hope they have success at the state level in April,” said Ferlito. “We are always amazed at how well they do.”

Some of those elite competitors include Laura Hamdan, Angeline Kimbrell, Kim Ingersoll, Meriah Dishaw and Yusra Hanayun, who each tallied first-place finishes at the regional contest. Other Fulton FBLA members who earned a spot in the Top 3 included Kari Holbrook (second place), Kim Rombough (third place), and Tattiana Pierce (third place).

While the district and state competition are two of the organization’s signature events, the co-advisers noted that there are other activities and responsibilities affiliated with FBLA membership.

Throughout the school year, the Fulton chapter of the business association has conducted different fundraising initiatives for a variety of causes.

“The kids really do quite a bit … they’ve done fundraising for the March of Dimes, the Ronald McDonald House (and) the Golisano Children’s Hospital,” Ferlito said. “They put in a lot of time and effort to be part of FBLA.”

For Ferlito and House, who have guided students all the way to the national competition during their tenure, the GRB chapter’s success is always a team effort.

“There are only two of us and we teach 11 different classes, so it’s just a matter of piquing the kids’ interest, getting them involved and showing them what’s out there,” Ferlito said. “It’s great because once we get them here, we get them hooked and they look to take more classes and get more credits. We all put in the effort to make our FBLA a success.”