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2015 National Fall Leadership Conference
By: Chandler Stephens

Front row (L to R): Abby Madison, Megan Yahnig, Jessie Geivett, Kinsey Blevins, Hunter Oakes, Shelby Drake, Devyn Worthley.  Second row (L to R): Cameron Stricker, Chandler Stephens, Thomas Needham, McCoy Eberle, Darla Brown, Mackenze Jones.  

The 2015 FBLA National Fall Leadership Conference was held in Omaha, Nebraska, at the Hilton Hotel Nov. 5-8.  A total of thirteen Midway FBLA students met list of requirements to attend the conference, including fundraising, working bake sales, and picking up trash following home football games. Mrs. Theresa Bynum is the chapter advisor.

The conference consisted of two days of impactful keynote speakers and workshops. The Blue Jeans for Babies dance was held on Saturday night to end the festivities.

There were 2,400 students in attendance from schools all over the country. Attendees were presented with networking opportunities and leadership skills to help them succeed later on in life and in the business world.

Midway FBLA Officers Attend Summer Conference

The Midway FBLA chapter officers attended the 2015 Executive Leadership Conference July 27-28 in Columbia, Missouri, at the Missouri University School of Business and the Stoney Creek Inn. Officer teams from all over the state participated in interactive workshops and seminars to enhance their leadership skills. The Midway chapter has many exciting ideas for the upcoming school year and invites everyone interested in joining to attend the first meeting on August 20. Officers pictured below are (front L to R): Shelby Drake, Reporter; Jessie Geivett, Secretary. Back: Chandler Stephens, Parliamentarian; Mackenze Jones, President; Cabriah Hillman, Treasurer; Alex Harrison, Vice Pres.  Mrs. Theresa Bynum is FBLA sponsor.


FBLA National Fall Leadership Conference

By: Mackenze Jones

FBLA took a trip to New Orleans, Louisiana from November 19 -22. They rode with three other chapters on a charter bus. They stayed overnight in the Hilton Riverside in downtown New Orleans. The chapter had a group lunch on Thursday and on the following day attended workshops and the opening session of the conference. The students had free time which they used to go shopping and explore the city. Saturday’s events included attending workshops and a dance supporting March of Dimes where students were encouraged to donate $5. Overall, the students had a fun and educational experience. Member Shelby Drake said, “New Orleans was a great experience to learn business skills and meet new people.” 

FBLA District 13 Conference

by Mackenze Jones

On February 18 the members of Midway FBLA who competed in online competitive events this winter took a trip to the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg where the District 13 Conference was held. Members were required to compete in order to attend the National Fall Leadership Conference in New Orleans last fall. 

Senior Tessa Mills took first place in Business Procedures and will be advancing to State Competition. Junior Joel Suarez and sophomore Joseph Zielinski took third in Video Production as a team. Freshman Cameron Stricker placed fifth in FBLA Policies and Procedures. Students who attended the conference were able to experience several beneficial workshops as well. 


By: Mackenze Jones

National FBLA Week took place during the week of February 9-13. The chapter at Midway celebrated with special participation days. Monday was "Show Your Competitive Side," in which students could wear their favorite sports team apparel. Tuesday was "Each One Reach One Day" for members to spread the word about FBLA.  

Wednesday was Adviser Appreciation Day and Professional Attire Day, where students were encouraged to thank FBLA advisor Ms.Theresa Bynum for her contribution as an adviser and to wear business dress. Thursday was Career Awareness Day for students to dress up as they would for their future profession.  Friday was FBLA Pride Day, and all members wore their FBLA shirts. 

The chapter celebrated being nine members away from its goal of 50 members.

Midway FBLA Project Warmth

By: Mackenze Jones

The Midway FBLA chapter hosted a winter items drive to collect gently-used coats, blankets, scarves, and mittens. There was a donation bin at the recent home football games and in the high school hallway through the end of October. The items will be donated to Project Warmth KC to help those in the community who do without warm clothing in the winter. Students, faculty, and community members filled the bin with items, and FBLA will be doing the project again next year!  Students pictured are Megan Yahnig; Hunter Oakes, Vice Pres.; Cassidy Myers, Sec.; Jessie Geivett, Reporter; Mackenze Jones, Pres.; Joel Suarez; Alex Harrison, Treas.; Chandler Stephens, and Cameron Stricker.


FBLA Career Day at Worlds of Fun

By: Mackenze Jones

Midway FBLA members Bobby Potts, Ashlee Box, Taylor Eads, Avalon Howard, Anna Breeden, Sydney Phelps, and Braden Armstrong learned about recreational management at the Worlds of Fun Career Day.

Twenty-five members of Midway FBLA and their sponsor Theresa Bynum took a trip to Worlds of Fun on October 18 for Career Day. A catered lunch was offered, and during the meal five staff members made a presentation on management and networking. They also provided insight on the behind-the-scenes work at the park and how they have achieved their positions.

FBLA members got to experience the Halloween Haunt and stayed until the park closed. Secretary Cassidy Myers said, “Worlds of Fun was such a blast. The FBLA crew made tons of memories!” 


FBLA District 10 Officer Meeting

By: Mackenze Jones

The Midway FBLA Officer team and advisor, Theresa Bynum, took a trip to Warrensburg to attend the 2014 District Fall-Planning Meeting on September 24. There the team learned many ways to be effective leaders and how to plan community service projects. The chapter plans to host a coat and blanket drive, highway cleanup, and toy drive. The team also participated in fun activities that allowed them to meet other officers from surrounding District 10 schools.





Top row L to R: Cassidy Myers, Secretary; Mackenze Jones, President; Jessie Geivett, Reporter.

Bottom row: Vice President, Hunter Oakes; Treasurer, Alex Harrison.

Hunger Action Day

 Midway students and staff wore orange and donated canned goods in support of Hunger Action Day. Courtesy of Midway FBLA.

By: Mackenze Jones

Midway high school and elementary students and faculty donated almost 500 canned goods for National Hunger Action Day on September 4. The event was sponsored by Harvesters Community Food Network and the Midway FBLA chapter.

The purpose of Hunger Action Day is to show support for hunger relief and participate in community service to help those in need. Students and faculty were encouraged to wear orange and donate non-perishable food items.

FBLA hopes to work on more community service projects like this in the future, and would like to thank the high school principal, Mr. Doug Dahman, for allowing them to participate in community service. FBLA will provide canned goods donation buckets at their bake sale table during the Homecoming football game on September 12. 


FBLA Day at The K

On September 5th, Midway FBLA Chapter took an all day trip to Kauffman Stadium to participate in the FBLA Career Day
at The K. The event included speeches from four guest speakers who are employed on the business side for the Kansas City Royals. The speakers covered the importance of getting a head start for your career by setting goals to job shadow, putting forth effort, and by also getting experience through internships in the career field you wish to pursue. Following their informative presentations, the Midway FBLA students stayed to eat and watch three innings of the baseball game versus the Seattle Mariners. Overall, we all had a great day and hope to make the trip again next year!