DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

February 21, 2013

Pinkerton FBLA students making business grade

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — DERRY — Pinkerton Academy’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter hosted its annual Promotion Week Feb. 11-15 to help drum up business and boost the club’s numbers.

FBLA helps students learn about business skills, while helping out in the community in various volunteer activities.

Right now, the FBLA group is one of the school’s largest at about 100 members strong. There is always room to grow, members said, and this week was the time to show off what the club has to offer.

Senior Amanda Newman said she enjoys being part of the FBLA group. She said it helps her learn a lot while polishing her leadership skills.

“It also looks good on a college application,” she said. “It prepares you.”

During Promotion Week, students enjoyed activities like movies and pizza and showed off all the club has to offer, she said.

Community service is also part of what the group does, including regular time spent at the Sonshine Soup Kitchen and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry.

“If you take it seriously, it can really help you,” Lindsey Simpson said. “It builds leadership and confidence.”

FBLA members are preparing for the State Leadership Conference next month. There, they will take on competitions in speaking, accounting, marketing, economics and other business-related subjects.

Top winners advance to the national level of competition.

During Promotion Week, Pinkerton’s FBLA club will earn points for its efforts to help achieve a certain level among school clubs.