2018-19 Holyoke FBLA officers are pictured from left, Kylie Purkeypile, Lali Marquez, Jackie Valenzuela, Emily Jelden, Kaylee Camblin, Savannah Burris and Josie Herman, along with outstanding senior member Bailey Hamaker and outstanding new member Ashley Aranda. — Johnson Publications

New officers assume roles at FBLA awards ceremony

    With 45 members for the 2017-18 school year, the Holyoke chapter of Future Business Leaders of America held a well-deserved awards ceremony May 3 at the Holyoke Junior High commons area. In addition to recognizing membership, district and state awards, friends of FBLA and outstanding members, new officers were installed for 2018-19.
    Adviser Lori Nelson commended members for the hard work and achievements throughout the last year. Though nearly half of the chapter’s members graduated in 2017, membership for this school year saw a net increase of 12 students. Officers hope to see even more new members next year.
    Officers from 2017-18 who conducted the awards ceremony were president Bailey Hamaker, vice president Regan Van Overbeke, secretary Mariah Pell, treasurer Kaylee Camblin, information officer Josie Herman, fundraising coordinator Savannah Burris and student council representative Emma Roll.
    Nelson named Hamaker the outstanding senior member, and Ashley Aranda was named outstanding new member.
    New officers installed for the 2018-19 school year were president Camblin, vice president Herman, secretary Jackie Valenzuela, treasurer Burris, information officer Emily Jelden, fundraising coordinator Lali Marquez and student council representative Kylie Purkeypile.
    At the district competition in Sterling, the majority of Holyoke’s FBLA members placed in the top 10. Holyoke had 20 events qualify for state competition in Vail. From state, 13 members in six different events qualified for nationals June 27-July 3 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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