Molalla FBLA wins big at state
FBLA adviser Corri Ellis led the Molalla FBLA chapter to a slew of awards at the state competition this month.
"It was so exciting to be sitting in the closing ceremony and hearing Molalla's name called out so often," Ellis said.
But it wasn't only the chapter or members who were called out during the awards ceremony, Ellis came home with a title of her own: State FBLA Adviser of the Year.
Ellis started the Molalla FBLA chapter just three years ago with 18 members. She was unsure if it would take off with FFA being so big in Molalla.
"Yet, our students ran with it," Ellis said.
The chapter has grown to 42 members this year, and those members won more than 30 awards at the state competition in Portland on April 5-7.
Two of those members were elected as state officers. William Tongsiri, the chapter's vice president and next year's historian when he will be a senior, was elected as the State Vice President of Media. Cypress Barrett, who will be a sophomore next year, was elected as the Mount Hood Region Vice President.
"I have co-managed our chapter's social media accounts for the last three years, and I am ecstatic to take on this next chapter in my life," Tongsiri said. "I am trying to expose more students to FBLA through social media, promotion and community outreach. When I got this position I thought, 'Oh, wow I cried for nothing.' I am so honored to have this position and represent 2,000 plus individuals of Oregon."
Barrett's inspiration for running for an office came from her brother Gavin Barrett, the current Oregon State FBLA president.
"The last year I witnessed my brother blossom," Barrett said. "Not only did he become a stronger person but he gained a second family. I wanted the chance to be a part of such an amazing experience, and only hope it will be as amazing as I believe."
The success is pushing excitement within the chapter, and Ellis hopes to continue its growth.
"More people are talking about FBLA: middle school students will ask me about the program, and I receive emails from parents inquiring into it as well," Ellis said. "I want FBLA to be a household name in Molalla and I feel that we get closer to that each year."
Members are boosting the chapter closer to that household-name status with the following state awards:
Adviser of the Year - Corri Ellis
State Vice President of Media – William Tongsiri
Mt. Hood Region Vice President – Cypress Barrett
1st place Chapter Publicity (Newsletter, Website, and Scrapbook combined)
1st place Electronic Scrapbook - Alley Lumb, Marrisa Marlow, and Elizabeth Rodriguez
1st place American Enterprise Project - Cole Bauge and Gavin Barrett
1st place Social Media Campaign - Alley Lumb and Marrisa Marlow
2nd place Chapter Scrapbook - Alley Lumb and Marrisa Marlow
2nd place Website Design - Sierra Cox, Ben Daniels, Lola McIlhenny
2nd place Digital Video Production - Cris Cole and Maria Ignacio
3rd place Increased Membership
3rd place Chapter Website - Kaeley Lumb
3rd place Spreadsheet Applications - Derek Beaudry
3rd place Business Plan - Kaeley Lumb, Charlotte Pursely, and Elizabeth Rodriguez
3rd place Emerging Business Issues - Cole Bauge and Gavin Barrett
3rd place Publication Design - Nathan Pederson and Marcus Simpson
4th place Chapter Newsletter - Lizeth Rodriguz
4th place Business Plan - Shelby Helmig
4th place Spreadsheet Applications - Elizabeth Rodriguez
5th place Local Chapter Annual Business Report - Charlotte Pursley and Elizabeth Rodriguez
5th place Partnership with Business - William Tongsiri
5th place Cyber Security - Bryce Webber
5th place Help Desk - Cypress Barrett
6th place Community Service Project - Morgan Amann and Lola McIlhenny
6th place Electronic Career Portfolio - Sierra Cox
6th place Future Business Leader - Morgan Amann
6th place Social Media Campaign - William Tongsiri
7th place Business Plan - Morgan Amann and McKenzie Brownlee
7th place Spreadsheet Applications - Kaylee Laubach
8th place Digital Video Production - Lizeth Rodriguez, Alondra Gomez, and Ariana Gomez
8th place Electronic Career Portfolio - Lola McIlhenny
8th place Spreadsheet Applications - Alley Lumb
10th place Digital Video Production - April Salvador