Walker Middle School’s Future Business Leaders of America was selected as the Georgia middle-level chapter of the year March 1 during the state leadership competition in Macon.
The chapter won several overall and individual awards and was recognized for being the Region 3 champions as well as the fifth-largest middle-level chapter in the state.
Walker Middle placed first in the state for its local chapter activities report, second in the state for its American enterprise “Pink Out” project and seventh in the state for its toy drive community-service project. Walker Middle received plaques and medals for its accomplishments.
Natalie Pattison, an eighth-grader at Walker Middle, was recognized as the Georgia FBLA outstanding middle-level member of the year. Also, Walker FBLA adviser Amanda Sikes was recognized as the middle-level outstanding adviser of the year. Natalie and Sikes were presented with plaques at the awards ceremony.
The students also competed in several individual categories at the competition. Ten Walker Middle students placed at the state level. Natalie won first place in creed recital. After winning, she was required to recite the creed in front of about 1,500 people to open the awards ceremony.
The team of Maegan Deloach and Madison Steen placed third for computer slide show. Madison also placed third in keyboarding applications 1, Ron Dumas placed third in public speaking and Hannah Williams placed fourth in keyboarding applications II. The team of Ashlyn Hughes and Courtney McNeal placed fifth in computer slide show. Angel Stritzinger placed fifth in keyboarding applications I and Love Turner placed fifth in personal financial concepts. All of these individuals received plaques and medals at the awards ceremony.
The team of Hannah and Ashlyn placed seventh in desktop publishing and Mathew Rowe placed ninth in impromptu speaking. These students received medals at the awards ceremony.
Sikes and fellow Walker FBLA advisorJulia Smiley said they were proud of their club and the students for representing Walker Middle so well at the state level.