Monroe Township High School
Running for North Central Region VP
Officer Candidate Test Score : 33/50
What do you believe is the biggest area of improvement NJ FBLA-PBL currently faces? How would you work to address this area?
Although NJ FBLA-PBL has a great number of chapters involved, I believe that we can get more chapters to actively participate in FBLA. During past SLCs, I have noticed that the same chapters are winning each award and category. Therefore, as the North Central Region Vice President, in order to get more chapters active, I would first encourage each chapter within my region to create a social media account, if they have not already. I would check in with the advisors or executive board members of each chapter a couple of times throughout the year, and send updates and reminders such as how many days until SLC. I would also include suggestions such as fundraising ideas, especially for younger chapters who lack funding from their schools. This way, chapters can become more active, and we can celebrate a variety of winners at the State Leadership Conference, and even at Nationals.
What will you do to increase the number of active chapters?
As stated in my platform, I want to create merchandise specifically for New Jersey FBLA. I believe that by doing so, it will increase the exposure of FBLA. Within each school, the students that are interested in the merchandise can ask questions to the member wearing the merchandise. The FBLA member can then talk about the benefits of FBLA and encourage more students to join their local chapter. In addition, since many students have connections to students in other schools, the merchandise will be a great way to spark interest and start conversations. The ultimate goal is to inspire at least one student to create an FBLA chapter within their school or encourage their chapter to become more active.
What leadership roles do you have inside and outside of FBLA-PBL and how have they shaped you?
In my chapter, I am the Chairperson of Chapter Awards and Recognition. Being on the Executive Board in FBLA assisted in my development as a leader, as I gained knowledge about how to lead a large group of people without being controlling. In addition, completing the various awards such as Non-Stop November taught me to manage my time well between schoolwork, sports, and FBLA. Even on a day when I was tired, I would force myself to do at least part of the awards, as I knew that it would ultimately benefit the entire chapter. Outside FBLA, I was captain of the JV field hockey team. Being captain helped my leadership skills immensely, as I learned how to deal with issues between members of the team. I learned to see, and more importantly, understand, both sides of an argument, and find a solution that would not negatively affect the team chemistry. As captain, I took it upon myself to encourage my teammates, not only when we lost, but also if someone felt as if they had performed poorly. Being captain taught me to let go of my pride when necessary and admit when I had made a mistake. It also taught me that being a leader is not just about people relying on you, but also includes learning from your teammates and the people surrounding you. Ultimately, being in these roles taught me how to be a better leader and work harder to succeed.
How will you ensure chapters are encouraging and completing community service?
I would first encourage the chapter to implement the CSA Awards, if they have not already. The CSA Awards will allow each member to not only actively track the amount of community service hours that they have, but they will also have an incentive to complete more hours, as they will get recognition for their service with certificates and pins, depending on which level they complete. In addition, on World Prematurity Day (November 17), my chapter invited a guest speaker to come from the March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization, to discuss all the positives the organization has done and the support they provide for families with premature children. The presentation inspired many members to serve their community. I would also encourage more chapters to invite a March of Dimes guest speaker to, hopefully, inspire more people to serve their community, even if it is not through the March of Dimes.
What current state initiatives would you like to continue and/or what new state initiatives would you like to begin?
As I mentioned before, I would like to create merchandise that accurately reflects New Jersey FBLA, which would not only help to increase FBLA's exposure, but would also fundraise as well. Another part of my platform is to implement a system like March Madness (in our case May Mayhem). Whichever chapter has the most wins during the State Leadership Conference will get a prize at the Region Summit. This will elevate competition between chapters in each region and will ensure that each member acquires the competitiveness and drive to succeed that a leader should have.